US wants Russia to not act 'unilaterally' on Syria truce

Washington expects Russia to respond to US counterproposal on modalities for implementing cease-fire deal

US wants Russia to not act 'unilaterally' on Syria truce

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. expects Russia to prevent unilateral actions and respond to an American counterproposal on modalities for implementing a cessation of hostilities in Syria, the State Department said Monday.

Saying the way of looking at the deal and potential violations of it had already been discussed with Russia, agency spokesman John Kirby noted that there was no reason for anyone to say that unilateral action is needed.

"Our expectation is that Russia will refrain from unilateral actions and respond to our counterproposal on the modalities for implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement," he said, giving no further details about the counterproposal.

The U.S. said it already had discussions with Russia in terms of collecting and analyzing information about violations of the agreement, he said, but added that he could not date any violators yet.

Kirby's comments came after reports that Russian authorities will unilaterally start to take action against those who violate the truce, unless U.S.-Russia cooperation on the issue is improved.

In its fourth week, the cessation of hostilities deal, agreed to by Russia and the U.S., has paved the way for ongoing Geneva peace talks to resume for a political transformation in Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Moscow next week where he will meet President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in order to discuss how to move forward the political process in Syria. 

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