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Moscow sees nothing new in Congress banning cooperation between military of two countries

December 03, 2016, 14:41 UTC+3
"Stable contacts between the Russian and US military are only under the agreement on avoiding incidents in the air," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said
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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. The Congresses ban of cooperation between Russian and US military is nothing new, contacts in that sphere have been limited by the mechanism of preventing incidents in the air, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

"Nothing new here, the Congress adopted a similar law last year, too," he said. "In Pentagon’s last year budget was a ban for contacts between military authorities, though that law gave the right to the US president to allow contacts between the military."

"Stable contacts between the Russian and US military are only under the agreement on avoiding incidents in the air," the foreign minister continued. "This agreement continues working, and it works well and smoothly, according to the common view."

"Unfortunately, as for fighting terrorism, we lack coherence of the kind.".

Russia ready to send to Geneva experts

Russia is ready to send to Geneva experts to discuss the US suggestions on Aleppo, but this meeting should result in accord on detailed steps to liberate the city from terrorists and to make life there normal, Russia's Foreign Minister said.

The Russian foreign minister said till lately the U.S. has not fulfilled earlier agreements and attempted protecting Jabhat al-Nusra (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia), but at a meeting in Rome on December 2, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "presented suggestions, which are in line with initiatives from Russian experts."

"Russia is ready to send without delays to Geneva the military and diplomats to agree joint action according to the US suggestions, which will provide for withdrawal of the militants, for humanitarian supplies, and for making the life normal there," he said.

"It must not be a meeting for the sake of meeting," he continued. "It is necessary to agree on detailed timeline of the steps.".

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