U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said that without the participation of Russia failed to reach a lasting cease-fire in Syria. A statement of the head of the state Department did in an interview with CNN.
“We would not have reached the source of the ceasefire [in Syria] without the participation of Russia. And, without exaggeration, tens of thousands of lives were saved,” said Kerry.
Answering the question, what makes him believe that Russia is a partner of the US in attempts to establish a ceasefire and reach a political settlement in the country, while Russia is a partner of Assad, Kerry said that there are still many problems to be solved.
“Russia is interested not to get stuck in Syria forever <…> If Russia wants to avoid a quagmire in Syria, she really need to find a political solution,” he added.
At the same time, Kerry noted that the United States, working together with Russia over a ceasefire in Syria, I understand that the option of political settlement, proposed by Moscow, “not necessarily a workable option.”
The Secretary of state also stressed that any agreement on Syria is, ultimately, nothing more than “words on paper”. However, the negotiations, he said, created a “mechanism” under which the parties can “talk and be coordinated”. The main thing, he said, bringing the arrangements into execution. So far, this has not been achieved, he said. “We are looking for various methods for the execution of the agreements,” Kerry said.
Tuesday night Kerry and his Russian counterpart held a telephone conversation, reported the Russian foreign Ministry. The interview took place at the initiative of the American side. Was discussed including ways of overcoming of the conflict in Syria, through the consolidation in this country of the cessation of hostilities, but to fight with terrorist groups, and support the inter-Syrian negotiation process in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations”.
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