21WIRE’s Patrick Henningsen talked to RT International on Thursday, May 4th as the three-page memorandum was signed in Astana, Kazakstan calling for the creation of four “De-escalation Zones” in Syria. He discusses some of the main aspects of the Astana Talks.

According to the memorandum, the aim of the agreement is to try and end violent clashes between militant groups and the Syrian and Russian military, and to “provide the conditions for the safe, voluntary return of refugees.” The ceasefire will also be used to send humanitarian relief and essential supplies to the four de-escalation zones.

Originally aired May 4, 2017 on RT

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