Syria peace talks to be held in Astana on July 10: Lavrov

The Latest: Truce collapses in Syria's south amid offensive

The Latest: Truce collapses in Syria's south amid offensive

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Monday that the next round of peace talks for Syria will take place in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on July 10.

"The next meeting will be held in Astana on July 10, and Secretary-General's special representative Staffan de Mistura will participate in it".

A cease-fire in Syria brokered by Turkey and Russian Federation led to the Astana talks, which are being held parallel to United Nations talks in Geneva, to find a political solution to the six-year conflict.

It was not immediately clear whether the talks in Geneva and Astana would be held simultaneously or at different times.

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"The subject is now being discussed", a spokesman for De Mistura told AFP news agency in Geneva.

The minister said Moscow calls on Washington to ensure coordination in the work on Syria and respect the country's sovereignty.

Lavrov made his remarks after a US warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside, with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near USA -backed forces and Damascus saying the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants.

He said that all actions in Syria need to be coordinated with legitimate Syrian authorities, "especially when it comes to the occupation of certain territories in Syria, including those that could prompt questions from the point of view of the true intentions of those who carry out such seizures [of territory]".

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"I invite everyone to avoid unilateral actions, respect Syria's sovereignty and join our common work, which has been agreed with the Syrian government", Lavrov said.

Lavrov reminded that this is exactly what Russia, Iran and Turkey do when they offer initiatives in the framework of the Astana talks.

A new round of Astana talks had been scheduled for June but was then indefinitely postponed as key players wrangled over the future of fragile safe zones agreed for Syria in May.

Russian Federation and Iran, which back Bashar al Assad's forces in the war, and Turkey, a supporter of opposition forces, signed an agreement on May 4 to set up four safe zones. The guarantor states previously agreed to take all measures necessary to continue fighting Daesh, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups both within and beyond the de-escalation zones.

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Lavrov said de-escalation zones were one of the "possible" joint options.

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