Russian military offers to cooperate with US in Syria

AP , Tuesday 17 Jul 2018

Igor Konashenkov
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov (Photo: AP)

Russia's Defense Ministry says it's ready to boost cooperation with the US military in Syria, following talks between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The ministry said in a statement Tuesday that it's ready for "practical implementation" of agreements reached by Trump and Putin.

It said Russia's military leadership is ready to augment contacts with US counterparts on "cooperation in Syria" and extending the START arms control treaty, but gave no details.

Putin said Russia and the US reached common ground on Syria at Monday's talks but gave few details.

The US and Russia have backed opposite sides of Syria's war, but US and Russian officials are working toward an eventual deal on the balance of regional power in post-war Syria.

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