Russia, US discuss potential cooperation in fight against Daesh in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry lead talks on Syria on May 17, 2016 in Vienna. (AFP/File)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone Saturday to discuss potentially working together against Daesh in Syria.
State-sponsored TASS news agency reported the phone call, initiated by Kerry, came after the Americans floated a proposal to the Russians to work in conjunction against Daesh while halting bombing against US-backed rebel forces fighting against the Russian-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"The discussion was on the ways of settling the Syrian conflict, including the possibilities of the Russian-US cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups active in Syria," a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
A Russian bombing campaign in Syria was said to officially only target Daesh fighters, but the United States has accused the Russians of using the Daesh threat as cover to go after rebel forces aligned against Assad in the nation's long-running civil war.