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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

US Considering Military Talks with Russia on Syria

The United States said Wednesday it is considering an offer from Russia to hold military-to-military talks about the Syrian conflict even as it warned Moscow its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad threatens to escalate warfare there.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disclosed the proposal a day after talking with his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. 
 
The top U.S. diplomat suggested he favors the idea and the White House, the State Department and U.S. defense officials are considering it because they have no clear understanding about Russian intentions in Syria following its recent military buildup there.

"You have a conversation in order to do that,'' Kerry said. "It is vital to avoid misunderstandings, miscalculations [and] not to put ourselves in a predicament where we are supposing something and the supposition is wrong."

Kerry said he warned Lavrov about Moscow's increased involvement in Syria.

"I made clear that Russia's continued support for Assad risks escalating the conflict and undermining our shared goal of fighting extremism," Kerry said.

Russia, in recent days, has sent tanks, military advisers, technicians and security guards to Syria, apparently to create an air base near the coastal town of Latakia, an Assad stronghold.
  voanews.com
16/9/15

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