1018 GMT May 21, 2018
“As you may know, the Russian president has for the past few weeks maintained regular contacts with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts. This work will go on. It is expected to provide significant support for further peacemaking activity within the framework of UN efforts [in Syria],” Peskov said, TASS reported.
Moscow can see a shortage of assistance from the US in stabilizing the situation in Syria, he said.
“As for the United States’ assistance in stabilizing the situation in Syria and advancing the search for a political and diplomatic solution, it has been in short supply,” Peskov said.
The Kremlin spokesman stressed that “Russia continues political and diplomatic efforts… It particularly concerns the Astana and Sochi processes.”
According to Peskov, “Everyone realized that it would be impossible to put an end to terrorist raids in an instant. However, the Russian troops and Aerospace Force units remaining in Syria, intended to assist the Syrian Army in the fight against terrorists, have the necessary potential to deter terrorist activities in Syria,” Peskov concluded.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had discussed a possible meeting of their foreign ministers on Syria, which could be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, in March.
Bogdanov also warned against escalation in the Middle East after Israeli strikes on Syria, the RIA News Agency said.
Israel launched airstrikes on targets in Syrian territory after Syria downed an intruding Israeli F-16 warplane on Saturday.