Russian Federation looks for new allies over Syria - political scientist

Posted May 14, 2017

Though Washington supports the "security zones" agreement signed in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, the Trump administration has questioned the involvement of Iran saying that Teheran does not want to favour peace in Syria and in the region.

Separate concepts of Russian Federation and the United States on creation of special safety and de-escalation zones in Syria could be compatible, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said.

And US-Russia ties had soured under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama over Russia's unyielding support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

All signs are that the talks focused virtually exclusively on Syia, as Lavrov said that the United States sanctions against Russian Federation had not been addressed during the meeting.

We want to see the killing, the awful killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end.

"I think that we are going to do very well with respect to Syria, I think things are happening - they are really, really, really positive", Trump said.

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Over the past six years, the USA and Russian Federation have sparred several times over the Syrian conflict, especially concerning Assad's fate, but have failed to manage a solution to end it.

The agreement calls for the creation of four "de-escalation zones" to shore up a ceasefire, ban flights and allow for humanitarian aid deliveries.

Several ceasefires have been agreed on since Syria's conflict broke out in 2011, but they have failed to permanently stem the fighting. Trump said during his election campaign that he sought closer ties with Russian Federation but tensions grew after USA air strikes against a Syrian airfield in April in response to a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on Assad.

"He also raised the possibility of broader cooperation on resolving conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere".

According to Russian defense official, the fact that the de-escalation agreement was supported by the United Nations, the USA and Saudi Arabia guaranteed its implementation.

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