Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that the war in Syria has come to an end and stressed the need to promote a long-lasting settlement of the crisis in the Arab Republic and the Middle East region as a whole .

“The war in Syria has really come to an end. The country is gradually returning to a normal, peaceful life. Some hotspots of tensions remain in the territories that are not controlled by the Syrian government, such as Idlib and the eastern bank of the Euphrates”, Lavrov said in an interview with the newspaper Trud.

The minister thinks that the most important goals regarding Syria now are providing humanitarian aid for civilians and “promoting the political process on settling the crisis to achieve stable and long-lasting stabilisation of the situation in the country and the whole Middle East region”.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Syrian opposition was playing an important role in the Syrian settlement.

“We believe the formation and launch of the committee designed to develop the constitutional reform will be an important step in advancing the political process led and carried out by the Syrians themselves with the UN’s assistance”, Lavrov said in an interview with the newspaper Trud. “In fact, convening it will enable the Syrian sides – the government and the opposition – to begin for the first time a direct dialogue on their country’s future”, he said.

On 12 September Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to the Russian foreign minister, Russia informed Israel about steps that it was taking to “support the efforts of the Syrian government in its fight against terrorists, who still remain in the Idlib zone, and promote issues related to humanitarian assistance and facilitation of the political process in the context of the formation of the constitutional committee”.

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“We stressed, emphasised, the need – and here the Israelis fully agree with us – to ensure real, in practice, not only in words, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. And in this sense, we on our part highlighted the issues of assisting the Syrian authorities and the Syrians on the whole in their returning to peaceful life”, he told reporters.

Lavrov added that Russia had also noted that sanctions the United States and European countries had slapped on the legitimate Syrian government were completely counterproductive.

“We, in my opinion, found understanding from our Israeli counterparts on these issues”, the minister said.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition groups as well as militant and terrorist organisations. Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, is a guarantor of the ceasefire in the Arab Republic. Moscow has also been providing humanitarian aid to residents of the crisis-torn country.

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Peter Wallace
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So Israel is not going to bomb Syria anymore. Al Tanf is going to be handed back to Syria. West of the Euphrates will discuss rejoining. Turkey will return its forces home .. Al Nusra or whatever name they are using next week will be eliminated while the other groups in Iblid that agreed to go there and reconcile with the Government are in talks too sort out their future politically and physically .. Some may come to pass but not sure ALL will.

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Nestor Arapa

bla, bla, bla, si de verdad quiere una paz duradera de Siria, entonces deja de complacer a Erdogan y acabe con el terrorismo en Idlib y Alepo, si de verdad quiere paz duradera en medio oriente, entonces que pida a la ONU establecer fronteras entre Palestina e Israel y por último que pida a Netanyahu cometer atrocidades contra el pueblo Palestino y que devuelva las tierras ocupadas por colonos sionistas a los Palestinos.

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I think Nutanbooboo is committing enough atrocities without more. I think you meant stop.. Same as my comment , I hardly expect any of them to happen , but dreams are free..

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Karel Vd Geest

It is a bit optimistic and unrealistic both. Assad controls a little iver 50% of Syria and part of that control is shaky. As Lavrov correctly states, all three or four sides have to talk and one side, Assads, is not talking at all.

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I wonder what there is to “talk” about between any Syrian government and overtly hostile Western powers carving out a quasi–state in the East, illegally occupying Syrian lands and building up military infrastructure in the process, and acitvely blocking reconstruction through all-round economic sanctions. Ditto their northern neighbor openly supporting AQ-linked islamist factions inside Idlib and de-facto annexing several northern cities such as Jarabulus and Afrin, going as far as circulating Turkish currency and replacing state institutions and services with their own.

You don’t usually “talk” your sovereinty with parties h**l-bent on partitionning it apart.

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Karel Vd Geest

Sovereinty is not a given. It is earned. Earned by good governance, an all inclusive reign, fair to the citizens and protecting them. In all those aspects the Assad regime has failed a large part of the population. Its sovereignty has been impaired by the Assad reign and is no longer a given.

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Soizic

Les Russes commencent-ils à faire comme les Américains? A mentir de façon honteuse!
Non, la guerre n’est malheureusement pas finie en Syrie ;
Et ce n’est pas aux Russes de le dire à la place des Syriens, et de faire ami-ami avec Israël!

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We heard it 2017 2018 and now 2019 I’m sure we will hear it 2020 2021 and so on