U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said in an interview with The New York Times that the U.S. agreed with Russia to new, 24 hour monitoring of the ceasefire in Syria and has offered Moscow to demarcate the country’s territory, free from hostilities.
“We even offered to draw the line, absolute line, and say: “You do not go there, we don’t go here, but everything in the middle is fair game,” said Kerry. He added that the Russian side is considering this proposal and “in the next week or so” the decision will be made.
The head of the state Department also noted that, in General, the diplomatic efforts of Russia are encouraging, but it is not certain that Moscow is sincere in its statements that its purpose [in Syria] is to combat terrorism.
“We are not going to sit and watch as [Russia] supports the regime [Assad] fights with the opposition and says: “It works,” said Kerry. He noted that the U.S. is “obviously not so stupid” to let that happen.
Source RIA Novosti in the Russian foreign Ministry, commenting on statements by Kerry, said that Moscow will consider the ideas of the American side to strengthen the ceasefire regime in Syria. “The military of Russia and the United States work on the Syrian Affairs in constant contact. According to the foreign ministries of the dialogue with the Americans also wears everyday, in fact, continuous. The major political issues regularly and intensively discussed by the Sergei Lavrov — John Kerry”, — said the interlocutor of the Agency.