Russia did not offer to enshrine Kurdish autonomy in the new draft Syrian сonstitution, which was presented at the Astana talks, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a press briefing on Friday.

“We have identified an array of issues to be addressed by the participants in the discussion on the Syrian сonstitution one way or another,” she explained. “Tackling the issues related to the format, the way the Syrian state will be organized, the way it will exist and develop is not Russia’s objective. This task belongs to the Syrians themselves, various representatives, opposition groups, the official authorities and so on.”

“No one is going to offer this, not in any persistent manner whatsoever, since that is just pointless,” Zakharova said. “We are well aware that forming, developing, and drafting a new сonstitution is a purely voluntary process, because this is a document that requires a broad consensus of Syrian society, which, of course, is divided now. We fully realize this.”

According to Zakharova, it is important to make sure that Syria’s new сonstitution “does not become an even greater bone of contention.” “We are not offering any forms of organization for the Syrian state. We raise issues that require discussion with the Syrians,” she added. “The time has come to put the draft сonstitution into the hands of the opposing sides instead of assault rifles.”

Concerning the participation of the Syrian Kurds in the negotiation process, Zakharova noted that Russia’s stance on the issue is well known. “We proceed from the assumption that that they must join the process.”.
TASS

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Diego Prendergast

From the first the Kurdish people have been included in Syria. This will not change.

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NESTOR ARAPA

Lamentable para los Kurdos el gran ganador Erdogan y sus mercenarios, también lamentable que SDF formado por mayoría Kurdo no esté considerado, los luchadores mas efectivo contra ISIS, espero que Rusia y el gobierno Sirio consideren.

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Lamentable para los Kurdos el gran ganador Erdogan y sus mercenarios, también lamentable que SDF formado por mayoría Kurdo no esté considerado, los luchadores mas efectivo contra ISIS, espero que Rusia y el gobierno Sirio consideren.

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Actually not so : Maria said things have to be settled by intra-Syrian talks, it’s not the role of Russia to deciide for them but, at the same time, it’s not the Russian geopolitical interest them not end with an agreement, now, well, the Astana talks were a nice trap : Ahrar, Jaysh al-I and other craps directly under Gulf control were forced into peace talk by their masters, hoping to have a say in the future of Syria then end being seen as traitors by Nusra… No fun, Nusra is more powerful than them and many shithadists are also… Read more »
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Real moderates would have started fighting the extremists together with the SAA years ago. So they had to be persuaded through a back door. Good this was done.

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Can you write only in those retarded, bloated walls of text? No wonder people can’t stand you.

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Yes bad – the Kurds fight IS and the extremists and it looks like the big winner is Erdogan and his mercenaries. But Russia cannot do much it is inner Syrian. And there the normally split Arab majority is united again in the opposition against Kurdish federalization plans.

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No, change but a lot of useless words from Astana. Russians can only support Assad if only small parts of the Baathista mafia worlds keeps unchanged.

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Well, Kurds already have a de facto autonomy… “We proceed from the assumption that that they must join the process.” => They are “just” the 2nd force in the country after the government and a non negligible ethnic group. If there’s no mutual agreement, and Kurds are for a federal state, not a partition, well, there’s no other choice for Assad if he wants to keep territorial integrity. We go really how I thought Putin would push both Assad and PYD to collaborate for the future. Now, the process to have rabids like Ahrar-al-Shame, Jaysh al-Shitlam and some others addicted… Read more »
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From what I read – cultural autonomy. Teaching additional language besides Arabic. 2nd force only as long as they get arms and ammo.

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They were barred to learn their own language for 52 years in Syria, including by Bashar. Got a teacher in my contacts, they also teach english to kids. “only as long as they get arms and ammo” => I wouldn’t be too surprised if they already have a running bullet and Kalash factory 😉 And there’s KRG just beside. Believe me, it wouldn’t be a great idea hoping to f**k YPG at Bashar level… They are real leftists, not libtards with the heart on the left and the wallet on the right, if he doesn’t want a federal Syria, they’ll… Read more »
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@ISBagSx, => barred to learn their own language for 52 years in Syria => I know – So were Assyrians and others who are the original Syrians. I know many Syrians first hand – most DPs in the EC are here not in Your country. p.s. The Entente powers did nor do what they had promised to the minorities persecuted by the Sunni/Turks during WW I. The Kurd problem like the Yugoslav war are post colonial problems created by the UK and France @ the end of WW I. Syria was less into cultural genocide than Turkey. AK47 ammo can… Read more »
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Assad must stay

they’ll declare independence

Bad idea : Turkey will go in war with them. So they need more freedom, first culturaly.