At a meeting of President Vladimir Putin with us Secretary of state John Kerry has not discussed direct military interaction between Russia and the United States in Syria, said the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.
“We discussed various formats of interaction, but the topic of direct cooperation and collaboration of the military in combating terrorism [in Syria] did not appear”, — he said (quoted by TASS). Exchange in this area is, however, the parties did not significantly closer to real collaboration, in order to increase the effectiveness of efforts to combat terrorism in Syria,” explained Sands.
“It was suggested that communication, which enough constructive, quite candid and detailed” — said the press Secretary, adding that the conversation between Putin and Kerry ended “far enough for midnight.
Peskov stressed that “still remains a lot of questions associated with real engagement in the operation in Syria.” “As for the fate of [the Syrian President Bashar. —] Assad, that well-known Russia’s position has not undergone any changes,” — said the representative of the Kremlin.
Peskov also said that Russia supports continuation of negotiations on the Syrian settlement. According to him, only through a continuation of the Geneva process possible political settlement of this issue.
Friday, 15 July, Kerry met the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, reports correspondent . The Secretary of state noted that the U.S. and Russia should accelerate the work on Syria, as “first and foremost, the main source and incubator of terrorists is Syria”. According to him, people are waiting for Moscow and Washington “on the fastest possible basis,” has made tangible steps in the direction of Syria. Commenting on the interview with Putin, Kerry said that she was honest and serious.
At the meeting with Lavrov, the Secretary of state also said that Putin asked Kerry to convey to Obama “best wishes”. Kerry assured the Russian President that Obama sends Putin a “best wishes”.
Putin’s talks with Kerry took place late in the evening of July 14 in Moscow. In the beginning the Russian President said that both sides “sincerely strive” to achieve results in collaboration. Kerry, in turn, said that the US and Russia can achieve serious progress in many potential areas, not only in Syria or Ukraine.
Press Secretary of state Department John Kirby after the meeting reported that the conversation was about the need to strengthen the fight against militants of terrorist groups “Islamic state” and Jabhat al-Nusra” (banned in Russia). Kerry, in particular, proposed to create a center where us and Russian military would share intelligence and coordinate air strikes on militants, said Kirby.