Russia, US reach new deals on fighting terrorists in Syria

Russia and the United States have reached new agreements on fighting terrorists in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

"Agreements were made on practical steps that should be taken to effectively fight against terrorists, to prevent the so-called moderate opposition from remaining on terrorist-controlled territories," Lavrov said after talks with his US counterpart John Kerry at a summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Laos.

Lavrov said the agreements were reached during Kerry's visit to Moscow earlier this month, during which he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We hope that we will be able to ensure disengagement between opposition forces and terrorists from Islamic State and al-Nusra Front," Lavrov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

"We discussed what needs to be done in order for these agreements to be manifested in activities of the Russian air force and US forces, as well as the US-led coalition," Lavrov said.

Kerry told reporters that he hoped to report successful results in the path towards a lasting peace in Syria within the next two weeks.

Russia and the US have supported opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, with Russia backing the Syrian government and the US backing so-called moderate rebels seeking to overthrow that government.

However, both Russia and the US agree on the need to eliminate UN-designated terrorist organizations that have gained significant territory in war-torn Syria in recent years.

Last update: Tue, 26/07/2016 - 13:34

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