MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier, the head of the Russian delegation at Syria peace talks in Astana said that Russia's military police in the de-escalation zones in Syria will carry only light weapons.
"Four military battalions were formed, which are currently carrying out tasks in security areas of the de-escalation zones on the Syrian territory," Shoigu said at a ministerial meeting.
For the first time, Russia deployed a military police unit to Aleppo in the end of 2016.
The fourth meeting in Astana format in May was a breakthrough, as the three ceasefire guarantor states signed a memorandum on the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria. Monitoring over the de-escalation zones is now the main topic on the agenda of the fifth meeting in the Kazakh capital.