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06:53Kerry is concerned about reports Russia's military presence in Syria
Secretary of State John Kerry during a telephone conversation with
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concern about the media
reports about the alleged strengthening of the Russian military
presence in Syria, reported the press service of the US Department of
The chief of US diplomacy called his Russian counterpart, "to discuss Syria, including US concerns about reports" that contain information about the "imminent building of the Russian military presence there," Tass reports.
This Kerry expressed the view that "if such reports are accurate, that such actions could lead to a further escalation of the conflict" in Syria, "the death of many civilians, increase the flow of refugees and the risk of confrontation with the coalition acting against the IG." Under the coalition of the United States means a group of countries led by him, that without UN Security Council authorization and approval of the government in Damascus strikes from the air on manpower and equipment IG in Syria. Similar actions are taking this group of countries and in Iraq, but with the permission of the authorities in Baghdad.
In conclusion, Lavrov and Kerry agreed to continue the discussion on Syria "in New York later this month," ie, on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly session.
Earlier on Saturday, it was reported that Lavrov held telephone talks, held at the initiative of the US, with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
In the media and social networks rumors about the possible involvement of the Russian military in combat operations against Islamists in the side of government forces in Syria. So, on Friday there were reports that the armed forces of Syria allegedly supported by Russian artillery actively promoted in the vicinity of the port city of Latakia in the north.
On Tuesday, Israeli media reported that Russia has started to "military intervention in Syria," according to these data, expected to arrive in the country of Russian fighter jets, attack helicopters, advisers, military instructors, pilots and other personnel.
On Wednesday, the Kremlin said that media reports about the alleged involvement of Russian aircraft and helicopters in the bombing of the terrorist group "Islamic State" in Syria can not be trusted.
On Thursday in Washington, said that Moscow has increased its efforts to cooperate with the United States and Saudi Arabia on the settlement of the Syrian crisis due to the weakening of the power of the President of the Republic Bashar al-Assad.
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