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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kerry Russia made vague “final offer” on Syria

On Thursday evening, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and on Friday with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. On the eve of Kerry’s visit to Moscow, Western media reported that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama intends to make Russia “the last sentence” Syria — to create a center where us and Russian military would share intelligence and coordinate air strikes on militants “Islamic state” and Jabhat al-Nusra” (both organizations are banned in Russia). What agreements were reached by the Russian and American sides, we can only guess, substantive comments on the outcome of the meetings has not yet sounded.

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Both sides noted the necessity of interaction of Moscow and Washington on Syria. However, judging by statements made after the meeting of Putin and Kerry, the interaction that sees them differently. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the meeting has not discussed direct military cooperation of two countries, that the real cooperation of the parties is not substantially closer, and that Russia supports continuation of negotiations on the Syrian settlement. Kerry, on the other hand, according to the press Secretary of the state Department, John Kirby, said that diplomatic efforts on Syria, can’t last forever, and offered to create a center where us and Russian military would share intelligence and coordinate air strikes on militants. According to Western media, to place such a centre in Jordan near Amman.

“It is clear that the parties there is a common interest in the peace process, but so far remain unresolved all the previous differences,” — said “MK” orientalist Grigory MELAMED.

Researcher, Institute of Oriental studies Irina ZVYAGELSKAYA said that States are pursuing still different purposes in Syria (in particular following the meeting, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia remains the attitude of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. — Ed.). According to the expert, despite the fact that Russia and the US have identified the common enemy as banned in Russia organization “Islamic state” and Jabhat al-Nusra, is the unsolved problem of common understanding of who is opposition and who — terrorists.

“Against the Assad regime mostly fighting radical groups,” she says. — Is not recognized by international terrorists, but they are not much different from them. The US believe their opposition.”

In addition, according to experts, tired of the civil war Syrians are seeking safety somewhere, and often join the terrorists.

“We need to decide how to make it so that people wouldn’t join,” says the expert. — In this issue, we interact, perhaps after the meeting in Moscow will be reached additional agreements”. In addition, between the parties there is still no trust. The expert notes that the United States refused to share with Russia data on the whereabouts of the opposition, fearing that Russia will give these details to the Syrian government. Irina Zvyagelskaya is not excluded that at the meeting with Putin Kerry and Lavrov could discuss this issue. Gregory Melamed notes that, most likely, the Russian side considers that the sense to exchange military information is not, and never will be until, until you reach this understanding, who can be considered opposition. And that, most likely, Russia will insist on a diplomatic settlement of the problem until, while in the US, not presidential elections.

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