Israel unhappy over Iran's presence in 'de-escalation zones'

Geneva Matthews
May 14, 2017

"Russia's idea is in creation of four safety zones in the western part of Syria, the United States side thinks about two or three temporary zones of "de-escalation" and 'stabilization.' Both the proposals could be compatible in the end", de Mistura told Il Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said rebels should help drive jihadist groups out of the de-escalation zones.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on April 12, 2017.

The uproar seemed certain to complicate Lavrov's mission in search of U.S. support for a Russian plan to create safe zones in Syria.

After the meeting, Lavrov told reporters that Trump confirmed his interest in building "mutually beneficial" relations with Russian Federation.

The war in Syria has forced million of refugees to flee the country, over which the USA and Russian Federation have for the first time since World War Two had flown combat missions in the same air space.

"I think that we are going to do very well with respect to Syria, I think things are happening - they are really, really, really positive", Trump said.

The U.S. was not part of an accord by Damascus backers Russian Federation and Iran, and rebel supporter Turkey, signed Thursday in the Kazakh capital Astana on establishing de-escalation zones in Syria.

The primary goal of de-escalation is supposed to be to allow humanitarian aid to flow through to civilians. "We will continue to work".

Several ceasefires have been agreed on since Syria's conflict broke out, but they have failed to stem the fighting. Trump said during his election campaign that he sought closer ties with Russian Federation but tensions grew after US air strikes against a Syrian airfield in April in response to a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on Assad.

Both countries have recently indicated that relations under Trump have never been so bad, though Wednesday's meetings appeared rather cordial.

Regarding Ukraine, the State Department also said "the sides will discuss the need to stop the violence in eastern Ukraine and resolve the conflict through the full implementation of the Minsk agreements".

After Wednesday's talks, Lavrov and Tillerson will again meet Thursday in Alaska for the Arctic Council meeting, an intergovernmental forum for cooperation on the environment, oil and mining, shipping, fisheries and tourism.

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