Russia asked the US about their ideas on the no-fly zones in Syria

Russia asked the US about their ideas on the no-fly zones in Syria

PARIS, July 6. /TASS/. Russia asked the US about their ideas on the no-fly zones in Syria, the answer is not received yet. This was stated on Thursday Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.

“The fact that U.S. Secretary of state said yesterday (5 July), as I understand it, this was a prepared speech. We were not warned that this dedicated could even be reactions to our ideas for the meeting in Hamburg presidents, he said. We’ve already requested, not yet received a response. The question of what a no-fly zone means, because its never about them speech did not go”.

Lavrov added that Moscow gave Washington its views on Syria, waiting for the reaction.

“We are our suggestions for first contact between the presidents of Russia and the United States passed the U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson before he came to Moscow in April. Because the meeting with him in Bonn in February, he suggested that it is necessary in advance to prepare for the contact of presidents – noted the Minister. – We are your considerations gave the expected reaction.”

“But I’m sure that the focus of this application, with all issues for a particular formulation, for the interaction between Russia and the United States is a step in the right direction, – said the head of the foreign Ministry. – It is important that the movement towards the settlement of the Syrian crisis, it was mutual and nobody tried to pretend that nothing depends on him”.

On the question of what the emphasis will be placed on the Russian-American summit in Hamburg, Lavrov said: “the case of the presidents”.

As announced on 6 July the Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, the US is ready to consider the establishment of a joint no-fly zones in Syria and other mechanisms to ensure stability.


The Russian foreign Minister also said that liquidation is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist groups “Islamic state” (IG) and “jabhat an-Nusra.”

“Syria exchanged views, in detail and talked for a long time. The primary task is the elimination of ISIL (the former abbreviation of the Islamic state), “dzhebhat an-Nusra” and other terrorist groups, which as such are defined in the decisions of the UN security Council,” – said the Minister.

“In parallel, need to promote solutions to humanitarian problems, they are a little easier to be addressed. Still, the situation acute, although not as catastrophic as it was in Yemen, he continued. – In parallel, you need to make an effort to the Syrians as soon as possible through an inclusive dialogue involving all political, ethnic and religious forces have agreed on how they will live on.” According to the Minister, it concerns the new Constitution, the holding of elections under UN supervision, and also recovery of economic activities and in General normal life in the country.

“We briefed our colleagues on the outcome of talks on Syria in Astana, – he said. – We compared our approach to renewed talks under the auspices of the United Nations on 10 July in Geneva.”

On chemical weapons

Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Moscow and Paris are for the complete destruction of chemical weapons in Syria in accordance with the previously made, by the obligations.

Le Drian noted that one of the main tasks is the fight against terrorism. “In Syria we face a common enemy – terrorism, where we set the same goal – peace,” – said the Minister. “These are issues of national security of France and Russia,” – said Le Drian.

“We have some differences on some issues, we recognize them, but in such matters as the use of chemical weapons by both our countries strongly oppose it, and we advocate the complete destruction of all stockpiles of chemical weapons in line with its past commitments,” – said the Minister of foreign Affairs of France.

He said he was happy to continue the dialogue with Russia, which was launched on 20 June in Moscow. “We struck up a dialogue with the aim to advance the settlement of a number of international crises”, he said. “We would like to dialogue with Russia quickly went into action to secure international action and stability, said Le Drian. Thanks to the joint action can we deal with threats”.