U.S. ready to work with Russian Federation on Syria 'no-fly zones'

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Jordan and Israel are also part of the deal, the Associated Press reports, quoting an unnamed USA official.

Zakharova added that "such provocations may happen in the country's south, in the operation areas of the armed groups beholden to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel, as well as in the east of Syria".

Russia and the United States support opposing sides in Syria - Russia backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also carries out strikes against anti-Assad rebel groups, some of whom are armed and supported by the USA to fight ISIS.

Russian Federation suspended a critical agreement to coordinate air operations with the U.S.in Syria in April after the USA launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base.

Obama wanted to limit America's involvement in Syria's civil war.

Russian Federation and the USA have a common interest in the stabilization of Syria and a debate on the future leadership of the country.

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The countries previously said they would hold the next round of talks in Astana in the final week of August.

In recent weeks, Syrian troops, along with Hezbollah and other Shiite militias, have been moving to consolidate control over the area and to connect with Iranian-backed militias that are fighting to dislodge the IS from the Iraqi side of the border.

"We've made it clear to everyone, we've certainly made it clear in our conversations with Russian Federation, that we do not think Syria can achieve global recognition in the future - even if they work through a successful political process - the worldwide community simply is not going to accept a Syria led by the Assad regime", he said.

The statement made no mention of Assad regime's future. Both the USA and Russian Federation oppose the Islamic State group in Syria.

Tillerson said the difference this time is Russia's interest in seeing Syria return to stability.

Lavrentyev said ahead of the talks that he planned to meet with opposition delegates attending the session and hear "what they think about how to reach an agreement" with Assad and "how to reduce tensions". "We see no place for the Assad family in the political future of Syria", added Tillerson. "Lastly, Russia has a special responsibility to assist in these efforts". "The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat", the US statement said. Trump's administration has approached the notoriously strained relationship by trying to identify a few limited issues on which the countries could make progress, thereby building trust for a broader fix of ties.

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