Kerry found it “ridiculous” the idea of strengthening Russia in the middle East because of Syria


U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry in an interview with CBS called “absurd” the assumption that Russia, with the aid operation in Syria has strengthened its position in the middle East.

Thus, answering the question whether Russian sojusznika USA in Syria, Kerry said no. At the same time, the Secretary said — but that some of Moscow’s actions meet the “strategic interests” of Washington.

“Russia helped in achieving a nuclear deal with Iran. Russia helped to evacuate chemical weapons from Syria. Now Russia is helping with the cessation of hostilities. And if Russia really can help us to influence the process of political settlement [in Syria], it meets the strategic interests of the United States,” said U.S. Secretary of state.

He stressed that Russia is “not loyal” to Assad, if the Syrian President will not fulfill the process of political transition, which supported including Russia and Iran, “in Syria there will be no peace”.

Earlier this week, Kerry visited Moscow. After talks with President Vladimir Putin and the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, he said that the topic of conversation was the situation in Syria, Ukraine and the fate of the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko. The Secretary called the negotiations “constructive.” In particular, he noted the common position of Russia and the USA to confront the terrorists in Syria. However, after Kerry’s visit in the Kremlin said that no one has illusions about the possibility of creating anti-terrorist Alliance of Russia with the USA and the West.

“Such illusions does not test anybody. We cannot say that we are moving closer to cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Not to say that we approached the creation of the Alliance to combat those challenges that we are facing,” said President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov in response to a question about whether there is the possibility of creating anti-terrorist Alliance with the countries of the West following the visit of U.S. Secretary of state to Moscow.