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Moscow says US trying to exert pressure on Russia over Syria, which hinders coordination

April 12, 14:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"We have recently observed cases when issues are politicized, when contacts and meetings in New York and Geneva are used to exert pressure on Russia," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister says
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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. The United States is trying to put pressure on Russia over the Syrian settlement matters, which does not promote military-to-military cooperation between the two countries in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said.

"We have recently observed cases when issues are politicized, when contacts and meetings in New York and Geneva are used to exert pressure on Russia. We note that some senior officials in the US Administration are invisibly present behind these cases. We reject this approach," Ryabkov said.

"This is not a partnership approach, this kind of things does not promote cooperation, including between the militaries [in Syria — TASS]," he noted.

According to Ryabkov, the US Administration has consistently adhered to "some framework in its practical line." "This is the refusal to cooperate with the authorities in Damascus and the issue of tactical cooperation in terms of the use of force with Russia’s air group in Syria," he said. "This is regrettable. If such cooperation was launched, this would make it possible to do away with the ISIS and al-Nusra (terrorist groups banned in Russia - TASS)." "However, as long as political considerations hinder this, we have to reckon with this stance. We see nothing tragic about it and believe this is a source of regret," he said.

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