U.S. initiative on Syria belated, but should be examined - State Duma

Russia should examine a new U.S. initiative concerning truce monitoring in Syria, State Duma Defense Committee Chairman Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov has said.

Russia should examine a new U.S. initiative concerning truce monitoring in Syria, State Duma Defense Committee Chairman Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, a former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, has said.

"We need to do it, albeit a little late. In my opinion, it is not dangerous if we and the Americans understand each other," he told Interfax on Sunday.

"Efforts should have been distributed in terms of directions, place and time a long time ago. If this had been done earlier, the fight against ISIL (Islamic State) would be more effective," Komoyedov said.

ISIL is a terrorist organization, which is outlawed in Russia.

According to Komoyedov, the different attitude pursued by Russia and the United States toward Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may complicate interaction on Syria.

"As the Russian saying goes, it is impossible to drink away one's experience. There is already the negative experience of Iraq and Libya. Does the U.S. president want the same to happen in Syria?" Komoyedov said when commenting on Washington's negative attitude to al-Assad.

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 truce violations.

An information center, involving Russia, Iraq, Iran and Syria, has been set up in Baghdad to coordinate the fight against ISIL.

 

 

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