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Work on Syrian constitutional committee continues — Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said work on the Syrian constitutional committee "is very delicate and requires great patience"

BUENOS AIRES, December 1. /TASS/. The work on forming the Syrian constitutional committee continues, despite it being difficult and requiring constant consultations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters during the press conference on the outcomes of the G20 summit.

"As for Turkey, we use every opportunity to meet and to talk, including to regulate the situation in Syria, that is, to form a constitutional committee. The work is very delicate and requires great patience. This is difficult, multidirectional work, but it is moving along. This requires constant consultations," said Putin.

He stressed that the position of Damascus must be included in this work.

Putin said he hopes that the Idlib demilitarized zone will be established in the nearest future. "We are concerned over the situation in Idlib, we see that our Turkish partners cannot achieve some things, but they are working, it is true. We see that they are working on the creation of a demilitarized zone, but we hope that our special services and the Ministry of Defense will resolve this issue in the nearest future," the Russian leader said.

On September 17, 2018, Russian and Turkish presidents agreed to create a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib along the line of contact between the Syrian government forces and the armed opposition.