Russia should ensure Syrian regime abides by ceasefire — White House

WASHINGTON, May 20 (KUNA) — The US said that Russia needed to first make sure the Al-Assad regime abides by the cessation of hostilities deal after Moscow invited the coalition to jointly attack Syrian militant groups.
“This is not the first time Russia has proposed enhancing their military cooperation with the United States,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told a briefing.
Schultz went on to explain that Russia’s cooperation with the US-led coalition currently is in “de-confliction talks” through the Department of Defense.
“We believe that if Russia wants to do something to take on (Jabhat) Al-Nusra and IS (Islamic State), the first thing on their to-do list is to make sure that the Assad regime is abiding by the cessation of hostilities in Syria.” The US official blamed the regime for the “turmoil and chaos” in Syria that, he said, “provides a fertile breeding ground for IS to conduct its operation.” He said that the coalition’s role was to apply maximum pressure on the threat of the Islamic State group, while Russia’s involvement gives it the opportunity to help provide a political solution in Syria.
“In order to get to that solution, there needs to be much more stability on the ground. That stability on the ground can only be achieved if the Assad regime abides by the cessation of hostilities,” he said. (pickup previous) sd.ibi

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