Moscow supports Syria's statehood rather than Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a person, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has said.
"Syria's statehood needs support. Not Bashar al-Assad as a person but statehood. So that they retain at least some model of state administration," Zakharova said in a program aired by Rossiya 24 television channel.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in London that U.S. President Barack Obama deemed important negotiations with Russia on the subject of Syria at the level of representatives of national defense departments.
The British media quoted Kerry as saying that the president deemed bilateral negotiations between military representatives to be an important step forward and hoped that would happen as soon as possible.
Kerry reiterated as their major objective the destruction of ISIL and the political settlement in Syria, which, in the opinion of the United States, could not be achieved while al-Assad stayed in office.
Moscow is ready to share information about military-technological cooperation with Damascus at the level of military experts, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"We have told American colleagues once and again that we are prepared to provide any information they may be interested in through relevant channels so that military experts of both sides could discuss every point of interest," Zakharova said earlier.
"We are open to such interaction," she said.
Moscow "is ready to discuss any moment, as soon as the American side wishes so, our military-technological cooperation with Syria between specialists rather than at briefings and press conferences," Zakharova said.
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