Contacts between Russian and US military on Syria suspended — diplomat

Russia was trying to agree with the US on resumption of truce in Syria.

Exchange of information between Russian and US military has stopped of late despite Moscow’s commitment, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Monday.

"All contacts between the military have been stopped of late, there has been no exchange of information," he said.

Gatilov however noted that Russia was trying to agree with the US on resumption of truce in Syria.

"We are trying to agree with Americans on resumption of truce in Syria," Gatilov said.

He said it has not been done yet despite regular contacts between the Russian and US top diplomats.

"Although what has been written in the September 9 document gives a good opportunity to get the process of Syrian settlement moving," Gatilov said.

The official pointed out that Russia was prepared for restoring two-day humanitarian pauses near Aleppo for letting through humanitarian convoys.

"Our military are ready for introducing 48-hour-long humanitarian pauses near Aleppo," he said.

Moscow insists that US should provide data on location of opposition groups in Syria, the dip[lomat stressed.

"Now the United States is talking about the need for seven-day humanitarian pauses and only after this it will be ready to work with the opposition," Gatilov said.

"We say that the groupings used this time for reinforcements from outside and the continuation of the struggle. If we want to move forward, we must know where each group is located," he said.

According to the deputy minister, it is becoming more evident for Moscow that Syria’s opposition is strengthening its alliance with Jabhat al-Nusra, a terrorist group outlawed in Russia.

"The fact that the opposition is cementing its alliance with al-Nusra is becoming more and more evident for us," he told a news conference.

In his words, even Western media report that a number of groups that used to cooperate with the United States have joined the colors of Jabhat al-Nusra.

First published by TASS.

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