US ready to work with Russia on Syria ‘no-fly zones’: Tillerson

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States is willing to work with Russia on establishing “no-fly zones” in Syria as part of a joint effort to stabilize the war-ravaged country, the top US diplomat said on Wednesday, ahead of President Donald Trump’s first face-to-face with Vladimir Putin. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia had a “special responsibility” to help create stability on the ground—or risk hobbling the fight against the Islamic State group. Citing past cooperation in creating deconfliction zones in Syria, Tillerson made a strong case for both countries—in spite of their “unresolved differences on a number of issues”—to work together in Syria. “The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance,” he said.

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