The U.S. and Russia have agreed on steps Syria


Russia and the US agreed on steps that would strengthen the ceasefire regime in Syria and the delivery of humanitarian supplies, should also be intensified a political settlement. This was announced at the end of a day of talks, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry. To publish a list of hand will not.

“We have agreed on steps that could help to restore the agreement on the cessation of hostilities and to create space for the political process,” he said at a press conference U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry. According to Kerry, “There is the definition of specific commitments, which should stop the non-selective bombardment of the Assad regime”. “There are people who will do anything to derail these agreements,” said Kerry.

According to Lavrov, the agreement needs to be worked out by experts.

“Our common goal is to ensure a lasting cease-fire throughout Syria except ISIL and jabhat an Nusra (an organization banned in Russia), which would not be mercy,” said following the talks, Sergey Lavrov. According to him, another goal is to intensify efforts to promote political reform in Syria. Lavrov noted that Russia and the United States believe that the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Stefan de Mistura needs to make specific proposals for reform and political transition for all parties so they all got together and started a meaningful dialogue.

“Russia will work in favour of the Syrian government supported this approach,” promised the Minister.

Lavrov and Kerry stated that the struggle in Syria will actively fought against jabhat an Nusra (banned in Russia). In response to the question whether it was appropriate to fight with the group, which effectively fights against the regime of Asia, Lavrov reminded about the inadmissibility of cooperation with terrorists.

Although the main topic of the meeting was Syria, during negotiations, the parties discussed other issues, including the situation in Ukraine, in Libya, Yemen and bilateral relations.

“We talked about the situation in Ukraine. In this issue there are several formats. We consider it very important format of the Trilateral contact group and its subgroup, has the format channel four. There is a direct channel of bilateral dialogue between Russia and the United States. We understand that all of these formats should work in sync,” Lavrov said. He expressed hope that the meetings of experts will develop the conditions for the fulfilment of the Minsk agreements on schedule.

Unlike past meetings, when the sides exchanged problems, this negotiators agreed to move on to drafting a road map that will be let in small but practical steps to improve the situation, Lavrov said.