The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on December 8 but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war.
Russia said on August 18 it would support a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo, a move the UN Syria envoy said would allow aid to reach besieged areas soon, as long as all sides respect the temporary truce.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia and the United States on July 28 to work together in reducing the fighting in Syria, saying that failure of their cooperation plan would have a very negative impact on planned peace talks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura in St Petersburg on June 16, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on June 14.
There will be no new round of Syria talks for at least two or three weeks, the office of UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on May 26, after he consulted the UN Security Council for about two and a half hours.
Major power foreign ministers failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks at a meeting on May 17, and the opposition said it would not come back to Geneva negotiations unless conditions improved on the ground.
The United Nations mediator on April 28 called on the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation to salvage the "barely alive" two-month-old ceasefire in Syria and revitalize the damaged peace process.
VOV.VN - The Syrian opposition has withdrawn from peace talks in Geneva due to what it calls the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Syria. This has stalled efforts to end Syria’s 6-year civil war.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura began a new round of Syria talks on April 13 by meeting members of the main opposition High Negotiations Committee in Geneva.
The start of a new round of peace talks on the Syrian war has been pushed back by two days so that UN mediator Staffan de Mistura can travel to Damascus and Tehran to sound out their position on a political transition, the envoy said on April 7.
Syrian government negotiators at Geneva peace talks are coming under unaccustomed pressure to discuss something far outside their comfort zone: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. And they are doing their best to avoid it.
President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on March 14 that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as UN-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war.
Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on February 27 after a landmark "cessation of hostilities" came into effect under a US-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have accepted.
VOV.VN - The Syrian peace talks are intended to stop bloodshed in Syria. But regional tensions have threatened the talks and challenged the process.
The United Nations announced the formal start of peace talks for Syria on February 1 and urged world powers to push for a ceasefire even as government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, launched their biggest offensive north of Aleppo in a year.
Syria's main opposition group is considering a proposal by UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura that could pave the way to the delegation pressing ahead with talks after holding their first meeting with him on January 31, a Western diplomatic source said.
The Syrian government in 2015 ignored most United Nations requests to deliver humanitarian aid to some of the 4.6 million people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas and only 620,000 received help, the UN aid chief said on January 27.
Saudi Arabia and Iran said on January 10 that an escalating dispute between the two countries would not affect international efforts to end the war in Syria, even as a large Syrian rebel group cast doubt on the United Nations-led peace process.
Italy continues to consider Vietnam a priority in its development cooperation policy, Under Scretary of State Staffan De Mistura told his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son in Rome.