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    Moscow Not Ruling Out Russia-US Talks on 2nd Syrian Ceasefire

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    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov confirmed to Sputnik that Russia and the United States may hold talks on a new ceasefire agreement in Syria, adding that the countries’ work on de-escalation zones in Syria is progressing.

    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.

    Last Thursday, US President Donald Trump said that the US and Russia are currently discussing the second ceasefire agreement in Syria.

    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.

    The deal was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on June 7 after the first face-to-face meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump.

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