MOSCOW, February 24. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry discussed the preparations for the cessation of hostilities in Syria. This was reported in the Russian foreign Ministry by results of a telephone conversation held on the initiative of the American side.
Putin discusses with Rohani the initiatives of the statements of the Russian Federation and the United States on the cessation of hostilities in Syria
“In accordance with the instruction of presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, who on 22 February, approved the joint statement of Russia and the United States on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, with the exception of the fight against terrorist groups, the foreign Ministers continued the discussion of the modalities of this process, requiring tight coordination between our countries, including in the military,” – said in depodesta.
According to the Ministry, Lavrov and Kerry also discussed “the problem of rapid resumption of inter-Syrian negotiations on the political settlement of the conflict, as well as issues of interaction within International groups support of Syria and the UN Security Council”.
“Besides, the interlocutors exchanged views on several issues on the bilateral agenda,” added the Russian foreign Ministry.
The ceasefire in Syria
On Monday, the presidents of Russia and the USA adopted a statement on truce in Syria on February 27. According to this plan, the parties announced the possibility of ceasefire in Syria. All warring parties must respect specified in the application conditions. Russia and the USA undertake to influence similar political forces in Syria to reach a truce. The proposal for the ceasefire does not apply to groups deemed terrorist by the UN, such as banned in Russia IG or “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”. The attacks on him will continue.
Kerry: meeting the group at the head of the Russian Federation and the USA on the truce in Syria will take place in the next day or two
Meeting of the working group on the ceasefire in Syria, co-chaired by Russia and the United States, will take place in the next couple of days, said U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry.
Reuters: Assad assured the President that the Syrian government is ready to facilitate truce
“Today I spoke with foreign Minister (Sergey) Lavrov. And we have a team that will meet in the next day or two,” said the head of the American foreign Ministry, speaking at a hearing in the appropriations Committee of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress. He explained that meant “that the working group on ceasefire” in Syria. The agreement on the establishment of this body was reached at a meeting of the International support group Syria (MGPS) in Munich on 11 and 12 February.
According to Kerry, he is not ready at this stage “to vouch that absolutely will work” MGPS reached agreement aimed at ending hostilities and establishing peace talks in Syria. “But this is the way by which we can win this war,” says the chief of U.S. diplomacy.
From his point of view, “the alternative is war, which aggravated even more.” “Syria can be destroyed completely, may not have the chance again to piece together,” said its forecast for U.S. Secretary of state.
The Syrian conflict and the main stages of its settlement