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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 09:38

US, Russia won’t discuss Syria ceasefire violations: Kerry

US, Russia won’t discuss Syria ceasefire violations: Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington and Moscow have agreed not to discuss alleged violations of a ceasefire in Syria that recently came into force and only target the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group and the al-Nusra Front.

According to Press TV, speaking at a news conference on Monday at the US State Department with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Kerry said that teams in Geneva would look into reports of violations on both sides.

The top US diplomat added that he has agreed with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to intensify work on a mechanism to ensure that the strikes solely target the ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorists.

"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 guarantee that missions are indeed missions against Nusra or missions against ISIL," Kerry said.

The United Nations has confirmed that the ceasefire is largely holding in Syria, despite some reports of breaches.

However, Syrian Foreign Ministry has accused Saudi Arabia of attempting to thwart the truce. Russia has also accused Turkey of at least nine truce violations in Syria, including shelling in the Northern Province of Latakia.

The ceasefire agreed by the United States and Russia took effect in Syria on February 27 midnight Damascus time.


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