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US, Russia agree to ensure operations in Syria target Daesh, Nusra – Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry stated Monday that the US and Russia have agreed to set up a process to ensure the US-led coalition and Russian military operations in Syria targeting Daesh and the Nusra Front.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and Russia have agreed on establishing a process to ensure that the US-led coalition and Russian military operations in Syria target Daesh and the Nusra Front, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday.

Kerry comments came after his conversations with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in which they agreed while there have been some reported violations on both sides, but they “do not want to litigate this in a public fashion,” but work to eliminate them by setting up a process.

“There is a team of people on the ground in Geneva, and a team of people in Amman, Jordan. They are in touch with each other and with people in Syria. And we are going to track down each alleged violation and work even more now to put in place a construct which will help us to be able to guarantee that missions are indeed missions against Nusra or missions against Daesh,” Kerry stated.

The cessation of hostilities came into effect at midnight on February 27 Damascus time, after the United States and Russia reached an agreement earlier in February on a ceasefire between the Syrian government and opposition groups in order to help end the country’s civil war.

Following the implementation of the ceasefire, reports soon emerged accusing Russia and Syria of carrying out airstrikes against areas controlled by the allegedly moderate Syrian opposition included in the ceasefire deal, accusations that Moscow has denied.

According to the United Nations, the ongoing five-year civil war in Syria has resulted in the death of more than a quarter million Syrians with more than ten million who are internally displaced or have fled the country as refugees.
By Sputnik