Syrian truce monitoring discussed by Russian, U.S. military

The idea of the United States and Russia monitoring the truce in Syria has been discussed by the Russian and U.S. military.

The idea of the United States and Russia monitoring the truce in Syria has existed for a long time, all issues are discussed by the Russian and U.S. military.

"This is a question for the military, they maintain contact and discuss all military issues. A target group that ensures the ceasefire meets in Geneva regularly. This has been discussed regularly and for a long time but simply as an idea, nothing concrete," the Russian president's Special Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Interfax on Saturday.

He suggested seeking broader commentary at the Defense Ministry.

Earlier on Saturday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. offered Russia setting up a new round-the-clock monitoring system for the ceasefire in Syria. The U.S. proposed drawing an absolute line (you don't go there, we don't go here) and everything in between is fair game, Kerry said, according the New York Times on Saturday.

Kerry said he hopes Russia will weigh it in, and this will be possible to achieve somewhere around next week.

At present, the Syrian ceasefire is monitored by two centers, Russia's at the Khmeimim base and the U.S. one in Oman, Jordan. The centers receive all information on ceasefire breaches.

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