MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, a source told Sputnik that the United States and Russia may announce a second ceasefire deal on Syria, covering Homs and Eastern Ghouta, around mid-August after expert Russia-US consultations in one of the European capitals.
"We are in close contact with the US colleagues on the topic of de-escalation zones, on the topic of the Astana process. Naturally, as the work in this area picks up pace and certain experience is formed, there is an opportunity to deepen corresponding contacts. This is what it is in this case," Ryabkov said when asked to comment on the possible expert meeting.
The southwestern Syria ceasefire entered into force at noon on June 9 after an agreement had been reached by Russia, the United States and Jordan.