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Russia and Turkey will not expand the security zone in northeastern Syria, agreed upon by the Sochi Memorandum, said Russian President's Special Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev.

According to Lavrentiev, now the situation in the security zone is more or less stable, TASS reported.

"There are some provocations from different angles. But I think we were able to stabilize the situation there. I think this is a very good sign," he said.

The delegations of Russia and Turkey hold bilateral consultations as part of the high-level meeting on Syria in the Astana format (Russia, Iran and Turkey).

The Russian delegation is headed by Lavrentiev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin. The Turkish side arrived at the meeting under the leadership of the deputy foreign minister of the country Sedat Onal. Negotiations are closed.

The Russian delegation will discuss with the UN special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen at the talks in Nur Sultan the progress of the work of the Constitutional Committee, Lavrentiev added.

According to Lavrentiev, the international community has great expectations in connection with the start of the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.

Also, according to Lavrentiev, there are no plans to transfer the activities of the Syrian Constitutional Committee from Geneva to Damascus, there are no necessary conditions for this.

According to Lavrentiev, a lot of effort was spent on creating the Constitutional Committee in Switzerland.

Earlier, Syrian Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar Jaafari, who heads the Syrian delegation at the talks in the capital of Kazakhstan, said that issues related to the Syrian Constitutional Committee were not discussed at a meeting of Russian delegations and the authorities of the Arab Republic on Tuesday during the 14th round of negotiations on settlement in Astana format.

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