Moscow has informed Washington via a special communications channel that any attempts of Syrian opposition fighters to shell Russian task force and Syrian troops will be curbed, Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.
Russia’s Defense Ministry denies a Pentagon’s statement about a strike of the Russian Aerospace Force on the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), saying all the strikes are delivered exclusively on targets of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a phone call on the Syria crisis with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
A source said that the US and Russia are holding bilateral consultations on the sidelines of the Astana international meeting on Syria.
King Abdullah II of Jordan said Tuesday he hopes that a recent ceasefire in southern Syria will spread to other parts of the country to lead to a negotiated peace.
The last United States ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has won, that Iran is likely to stay in Syria, and that “this is the new reality that we have to accept, and there isn’t much we can do about it,” in an interview Monday.
Any additional support given by the United States to Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters will cause problems for Turkey, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted as saying on Friday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday told visiting Pentagon chief Jim Mattis of Turkey’s uneasiness over Washington arming a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as a terror group by Ankara, a policy that has strained ties between the NATO allies. Mattis arrived for the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review progress in the campaign against Daesh (ISIS), urging coalition partners to prevent other political issues from disrupting the growing momentum against the militants.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized the United States for its support of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), arguing that the weapons the U.S. provided in Syria “have ended up in Turkey.”