Russia Refuses to Coordinate Airstrikes on Aleppo with US

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Moscow insists on direct dialogue between Damascus and the Pentagon.

Russia Refuses to Coordinate Airstrikes on Aleppo with US

Russia is ready to coordinate strikes on targets with the US everywhere in Syria, except the province of Aleppo because only the Syrian Air Force operates in this area, and the issue should be discussed with the Syrian government, the Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing to a source, informed on the progress of the last week’s negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva.

Experts believe that Moscow and Washington will be able to find an ‘acceptable formula of interaction,’ and Russia may become a mediator between the US and the Syrian authorities.

“The US sent Russia a package of proposals on the coordination of air operations, primarily, in the province of Aleppo. However, Moscow made it clear that the Russian Aerospace Forces do not bomb Aleppo and its neighborhood, and the US need to negotiate with the command of the Syrian Air Force to coordinate airstrikes on targets there,” the source told Izvestiya.

He also added that Russia has no objection to the idea of coordinated airstrikes, but only outside the area of a few tens of kilometers around Aleppo.

Earlier, media reported that during the talks in Geneva, Lavrov and Kerry discussed a “possibility of starting to apply coordinated airstrikes against terrorists in Aleppo from mid-September.”

Chairman of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, Fedor Lukyanov, noted that the US would not contact directly with Bashar al-Assad’s government, but this problem may be solved through Russian mediation.

“The problem is how to formalize the cooperation because the US is ready to cooperate with Syrians, but at the same time the country is not going to depart from its position of official non-recognition of Assad. Therefore, compromise schemes are necessary,” Lukyanov told Izvestiya.

At the same time, the expert pointed out that an atmosphere of total distrust between Russia and the West would not allow to agree on joint combat operations. For this reason, the cooperation of Russian and American military may be only limited.

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  • Tom Johnson

    I think that a US requirement should be that the Syrian forces kill al-asshat first, and only then would we take long moonlit walks along the beach together-how romantic…GTFO!

    • VGA

      The USA are the ones remembering humanitarian crises and asking for negotiation each time their precious rebels get their asses handed to them…

      • Jens Holm

        Very strange comment. Think its the first one. 1.

        Havent You heard about ceasfire brining in humanitarian help to parts of Aleppo several times or being blind with bad memory.

        • That Guy

          …US/UN logic 101…

          Humanitarian aids: “Weaponry and TOW missiles to the goat fucking terrorists”

          • Jens Holm

            Seems You dont get the majory are of Aleppo is Assad area and they need supplies very hard too – some may say – grenades as well.

          • Boris Kazlov

            Right on, weapons smuggled disguised as aid, USrahell gives a flying fuk of Syrian civilians, all they see is to overthrow Al-Assad because he has the courage to stand in their way, how dare he?

    • Boris Kazlov

      we? you mean you and the nigga walking hand in hand and dick in fecal cesspool.

  • Escapos

    But… the Russians do bomb around Aleppo, no? How else have they killed Abu Mohammed al-Adnani in Aleppo province? Also all the other analyses by southfront that the Russians could bomb the new corridor to Eastern Aleppo, and that this was the reason for the ‘strategic withdrawal ‘

  • Ronald

    The Americans do not want their Wahhabi “rebels”, to lose their toe hold in Aleppo , be much too humiliating , all those expensive mercenaries neutralized by a much smaller army. Lets be real, the only reason the US wants to coordinate , is to be able to give their proxy army the heads up.