BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:24 A.M.) – A Russian lawmaker has said that the Astana peace talks an be used to solve the Syrian crisis, both militarily and politically.
While visiting the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, the head of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky, said that “in Astana, talks on a new Syrian constitution may be held with representatives of opposing groups.”
The Astana talks particularly aim at ensuring an early reconciliation and encouraging the highest number of settlements to join the ceasefire,” he noted. “However, Turkey insists that in Astana, it is necessary to focus on military issues particularly related to ensuring the ceasefire.”
“But taking into consideration Ankara’s position, the constitution process is mainly taking place at the Geneva talks,” Slutsky added.