Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia, U.S. close to a deal on Syria

by Abel Hampton September 5, 2016, 2:28

"Understandably, given the previous failures of cessations of hostilities to hold, we approach it with some skepticism", Obama said in Hangzhou, where he and other world leaders are gathered for the G-20 meeting.

"The bottom line is that we don't have a stronger partner anywhere in the world than the United Kingdom", Obama said.

The Turkish incursion into northern Syria, part of a bid to force back Kurdish forces supported by the U.S., has complicated the already multi-layered civil war. "The vibrant economic partnership between our countries will continue as the United Kingdom gains further clarity on its new relationship with the EU". Gulen denies involvement, and the USA is demanding evidence of his participation, but rejecting the request could worsen ties between the two countries.

In his first meeting with May since she took office in Britain, Obama sought to demonstrate American solidarity with the United Kingdom amid the tumult over its decision to leave the European Union.

"Brexit does indeed mean Brexit", May said.

"The U.K. will indeed be leaving the European Union", she said. The government respects that decision. The UK will be leaving the European Union.

But Turkey's operation was focused just as firmly against USA -backed Kurdish forces, which it fired at last week and which it insists must withdraw to east of the Euphrates river.

The countries have tried for weeks to broker a cease-fire between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and moderate rebels in an effort to expand access and humanitarian aid for the hundreds of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire.

The United States and Russian Federation are close to reach a deal on Syrian conflict, the US State Department officials said on Sunday. But he said "it is worth trying".

"I think it's premature for us to say there's a clear path forward, but there's the possibility at least for us to make some progress", the U.S. president said.

US President Barack Obama says Moscow and Washington are working on a Syrian ceasefire deal, but "are not there yet".

"We're not going to rush", he said, stressing the importance of reaching a deal that was able "to try to get the job done".

The rancor continued throughout Saturday as Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to cement a carbon reduction agreement and haggle over longstanding disputes like cybersecurity and maritime aggression.

Kerry said the two sides had worked through many technical issues but said the USA didn't want to enter into an illegitimate agreement. "And so I wouldn't over-crank the significance of it".

U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pause before speaking to the media after a bilateral meeting in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, alongside the G20 Summit.

Obama noted that the U.S. and Russian Federation have deep differences with regard to the parties they support in Syria as well as the process to bring peace there.

Erdogan said operations are underway to respond to the coup are "within the framework and rule of law". At the same time, the US continues to work toward an agreement with Russian Federation to cooperate more closely in the fight against IS in Syria.

Some 10 days ago, Turkey mounted its first full-scale incursion into Syrian territory since the conflict began in 2011, aimed at IS and at USA -backed Kurdish forces in the area, which have also been battling the jihadists.

The conflict has become increasingly complex, involving not only regime and rebels, but global backers on both sides, Kurdish forces, militants and now Turkey.

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