A number of armed opposition groups active in East Ghouta in Damascus province are conducting separate secret negotiations with Russia, local sources report.
Each of Jaysh al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham is negotiating with Russia for humanitarian and trade access to the areas under their control despite public denial of the negotiations.
According to the sources, Jaysh Al-Islam and the Russian side are discussing the dispatch of humanitarian aid to the city of Douma in addition to the possibility of joint actions against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group.
In turn, Faylaq al-Rahman is interested in reopening the road between Harasta and Ghouta, enforcing of the de-escalation agreement in Jobar and allowing the HTS militants to leave the area.
The negotiations with Ahrar al-Sham center on reopening the road between Harasts and the areas under the group’s control.