Kerry to offer Russia military coordination on Syria

The differences between the US and Syrian Allies definition have never been more stark.

Second, the fact that the JIG idea proposed to attack the al-Nusra and not just the Islamic State group, which has until now been the limited target of U.S. Syria efforts, marks a significant shift in U.S. strategy. The group is primarily attacking the Assad regime, which is allied with the Kremlin.

Airstrikes continue to hit Aleppo despite a nationwide cease-fire that remains in effect until 1 a.m. local time on Friday.

"We always hope that the next president will be much wiser than the previous one", he said. -Russian military cooperation in Syria is conditional.

Sitting across from him, the U.S. secretary of state agreed Obama had found the recent telephone call "constructive".

The Obama administration's new proposal to Russian Federation on Syria is more extensive than previously known. "They said they were coming in to fight ISIL", he said.

"We're not going to comment on details of documents that have not been approved or agreed to", said a senior State Department official, who wasn't authorized to speak on the matter and demanded anonymity.

"The steps outlined above are intended as steps toward a more comprehensive understanding between the USA and Russian Federation, with a target date of July 31, 2016, on three inter-related issues created to produce a durable end of the conflict and the defeat of Daesh and Nusrah", the proposal reads.

The Washington Post reported on July 13 that Kerry carries with him a major new proposal to cooperate in trying to defeat IS and Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front. The U.S. has publicly called for the ouster of Assad from office.

Speaking to NBC News in Damascus, the embattled leader insisted his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had never raised the issue of his departure or a political transition with him.

"I'll have comments, going to Moscow, meeting with President Putin tonight; we'll have plenty of time to talk about it and I'll give you all a sense of where we are", he told reporters in Paris.

A landmark partial ceasefire they brokered in February has since all but collapsed amid continued heavy fighting.

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura urged Moscow and Washington to push for a resumption of the talks next month.

Pentagon officials opposed to the plan predicted that Moscow would use the agreement to strengthen Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime while weakening Syria's rebel fighters, many of whom are backed by USA forces.

Kerry was due to arrive later on Thursday in Moscow, a close ally of Assad's government that launched air strikes in support of regime forces last September.

In return, "the Syrian military can employ military action, including air activities, against the Nusra Front outside of designated areas if Nusra acquires territory there".

Michael Kofman, a Russian Federation military analyst at the Kennan Institute, said Russian Federation understands it ultimately needs USA help to advance a negotiated settlement in Syria, but in the meantime it's helping shape events on the ground in a way that strengthens Assad, splinters the rebels, and might make a negotiated solution harder to reach.

Efforts to bring an end to the war had taken on greater urgency since the emergence of the Islamic State group, which seized control of large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in mid-2014.

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