Russia, Franch coordinate Syrian peace

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have agreed to continue coordination of the two countries in order to facilitate the peace settlement in Syria.

The Kremlin in a statement yesterday said that Putin and Macron discussed the developments in northeastern Syria and the Idlib de-escalation zone, and Putin warned that militants are preparing chemical weapon provocations, citing available data.

They reaffirmed mutual commitment to continue Russia-France contacts for the sake of assisting Syria’s return to peace. Putin and Macron also agreed on further cooperation to accelerate the settlement of the Ukrainian internal conflict, including in the Normandy format.

Syria, 18 civilians killed in a latest artillery and rocket fire launched by Syrian forces in the Idlib region, over the past 48 hours. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday that the deadly bombardment hit the towns of Maaret al-Noman and Khan Sheikhun.

Artillery and rocket fire launched by Syrian forces took the lives of eight children, seven women and three men in the Idlib region, the Human Rights group said.

Media reports, US officials are calling on the leaders of the UK, Germany and France to create a safe zone in Syria and to send a total of 1,500 troops.

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