Russia calls on Belarus, other CIS countries to send military observers to Syria

A Syrian refugee boy poses with his newborn brother as their mother lies near them in a house in the Basaksehir district of Istanbul, on March 4, 2014. Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of its military strategy, a UN-mandated probe said on March 5. Syria's war has since March 2011 killed more than 140,000 people and forced millions more to flee. AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK (Photo credit should read GURCAN OZTURK/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia suggests CIS countries, including Belarus, should send troops to Syria for joint monitoring in de-escalation zones.

On July 5, the issue of establishing such zones was discussed at the talks on Syria in Astana, RIA Novosti reported.

“Now we should decide which military contingents – I want to stress here – military observers of which countries will be involved in the peacekeeping mission in Syria. No one questioned the participation of Russia’s troops, so we appealed to all the CIS countries to consider the issue of their sending a contingent within reasonable limits for joint monitoring of the situation. But we are not trying to impose anything to anyone,” Head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentyev said.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Dzmitry Mironchyk has told journalists on Thursday that Belarus did not receive any formal proposal from the CIS to deploy peacekeepers in Syria.

The war in Syria has been going on for six years, more than 300,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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