On August 31, the Syrian arena witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Syrian Democratic Council and the Popular Will Party from the Russian capital Moscow platform, after which the two sides met with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who visited Damascus on September 6 as part of a high-ranking Russian delegation met by Bashar al-Assad and government officials.
In this context, Professor of History and Political Thought at Alexandria University, Dr. Jalal Zenati, believes that the agreement between the Syrian Democratic Council and the Popular Will Party, and the meeting of the two delegations with Lavrov is a "partial shift" in the Russian position to open a political gateway for it to communicate with SDC despite its support for Bashar al-Assad regime, in order to include SDC in the "Syrian National Dialogue," considering this a "good step."
The visit of the SDC delegation to the Russian capital Moscow, according to its officials, came at the request of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and there was the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the SDF and the Popular Will Party, which included many points, the most important of which is the decentralization of the government system and preserving the integrity of the Syrian territories.
Dr. Zenati described what was circulated in the media of Russian statements and Syrian officials' statements, whether during the press conference held in Moscow during the signing of the memorandum of understanding, or after it as "excellent" because it is "an affirmation of the unity of the Syrian people and their lands against ambitions and foreign interference."
Dr. Zenati believes that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who visited Damascus as part of the Russian delegation on September 6 brought recommendations from Putin to al-Assad, regarding the need to open up to the Syrian Democratic Council in a more flexible manner.
Dr. Zenati continued saying: "Russia is playing a political role today to preserve the gains it made on the ground with the decline of the American role, even partially, in Syria."
He added: "I think the proposal that was made is appropriate in Syria regarding the centralization of the administration in the foreign affairs and the economy and the decentralization of local administration, such as the Autonomous Administration model in northern and eastern Syria because it is the best model that achieves the ambition and unity of Syria, prevents foreign interference and fulfills the aspiration of all peoples and components of the Syrian people."
Dr. Zenati stressed the need for the Syrian government to give up its intransigence, and concluded: "Bashar al-Assad regime must consider this agreement because its limited vision of its party and its religious minority during this crisis made Syria a theater for international forces conflicting in favor of its geostrategic goals, which caused permission for terrorism and its sponsoring countries, such as Turkey to occupy parts of Syrian lands."