New U.S. initiative to divide Syria into zones of influence unreasonable - Russian senator

A U.S. proposal to divide Syria into zones of influence is unreasonable, according to Viktor Ozerov, who chairs the Defense and Security Committee of Russia's Federation Council.

A U.S. proposal to divide Syria into zones of influence is unreasonable, Viktor Ozerov, who chairs the Defense and Security Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, told Interfax on Sunday.

"We should cooperate with the U.S. on a parity basis, and we should not divide Syria into zones of influence," she said when commenting on Washington's new initiative concerning the observance of the truce in Syria.

"Finding zones of responsibility will not work. We, as truce guarantors, need to be certain that this is happening across the whole of Syria's territory. 

For this reason, it was no accident that we invited the Americans to cooperate with us as part of the information center in Baghdad. We are ready to cooperate with them today as well," Ozerov said.

The negative experience of creating zones of responsibility was observed in post-war Germany in the past century, he said.

"At that time, all this turned into a problem not only for the German people, but also for entire Europe and the whole of mankind," Ozerov said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that the United States had proposed a 24-hour truce monitoring system to Russia.

"We've even proposed drawing a line, an absolute line, and saying, 'You don't go over there, we don't go over here, and anything in between is fair game," Kerry was quoted as saying on Saturday by the New York Times newspaper.

The U.S. secretary of state also said he believed that the Russian side would consider that, and "I think we will get there in the next week or so."

Today, two centers - a Russian center located at the Hmeimim base and an American one in Amman, Jordan - are monitoring the cessation of hostilities in Syria. These centers are receiving all information about A U.S. proposal to divide Syria into zones of influence is unreasonable, Viktor Ozerov, who chairs the Defense and Security Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, told Interfax on Sunday.

"We should cooperate with the U.S. on a parity basis, and we should not divide Syria into zones of influence," she said when commenting on Washington's new initiative concerning the observance of the truce in Syria.

"Finding zones of responsibility will not work. We, as truce guarantors, need to be certain that this is happening across the whole of Syria's territory. For this reason, it was no accident that we invited the Americans to cooperate with us as part of the information center in Baghdad. We are ready to cooperate with them today as well," Ozerov said.

The negative experience of creating zones of responsibility was observed in post-war Germany in the past century, he said.

"At that time, all this turned into a problem not only for the German people, but also for entire Europe and the whole of mankind," Ozerov said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that the United States had proposed a 24-hour truce monitoring system to Russia.

"We've even proposed drawing a line, an absolute line, and saying, 'You don't go over there, we don't go over here, and anything in between is fair game," Kerry was quoted as saying on Saturday by the New York Times newspaper.

The U.S. secretary of state also said he believed that the Russian side would consider that, and "I think we will get there in the next week or so."

 

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