Will US and Russia Cooperate in Syria? Kerry Met With Putin and Lavrov in Moscow for Discussions


Time: 6:34 p.m. CEST

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the possibilities for military and intelligence cooperation in Syria. Kerry warned that without concrete, near-term steps, diplomatic efforts cannot go indefinitely.

The State Department said, Kerry expressed concern “about repeated violations of the cessation of the hostilities by the Syrian regime.” Both discussed the need to increase pressure on terrorist groups, including Daesh, al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al Nusra. Kerry talked with his counterpart on Friday about the initiative. Other topics included Ukraine, on which Kerry urged “acceleration of negotiations on implementation of the Minsk agreements, especially on the security elements.”

On Thursday, the Washington Post published a leaked document for intelligence sharing on the target groups in Syria. The document states, strikes could be carried out by the U.S. or Russian jets, through the coordination by the Joint Implementation Group in Jordanian capital, Amman.

Kerry did not comment on the document. The White House press secretary Josh Earnest said less details on the developments on Thursday, referring to the State Department for more information.

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