U.S. open to Syrian no-fly zone with Russian help

Russia says no final deal on Syria safe zones

Tillerson Ready to Let Russia Decide Assad's Fate

"The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russian Federation joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance", Tillerson said in a statement issued by the State Department.

Russian Federation believes terrorists in Syria plan to stage chemical attacks in order to justify U.S. airstrikes against the Syrian military, Zakharova said during her weekly press conference on Thursday.

Tillerson issued the statement on Thursday before heading to the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, to join President Donald Trump, where the US leader will also have his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Trump administration on Wednesday renewed an offer to cooperate with Russia in the Syrian conflict, including on military matters, ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin later this week.

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"We are both opposed to the use of chemical weapons and what's at stake is to be able to dismantle the regime's chemical weapons' stocks", Le Drian said, refusing to take questions from reporters.

"We call upon all parties, including the Syrian government and its allies, Syrian opposition forces, and Coalition forces carrying out the battle to defeat [IS], to avoid conflict with one another and adhere to agreed geographical boundaries for military de-confliction and protocols for de-escalation".

Tillerson said stability in Syria would prevent IS from "rising anew from the ashes of their failed and fraudulent caliphate".

In previous reports, the JIM already determined that Syrian government forces were responsible for chlorine attacks on three villages in 2014 and 2015, and that the Islamic State used mustard gas in 2015.

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Russia and the United States support opposing sides in Syria - Russia backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also carries out strikes against anti-Assad rebel groups, some of whom are armed and supported by the USA to fight ISIS.

Lavrentiev also indicated that agreement on a fourth zone in the south would have to be approved by the US and Jordan, as those two countries support opposition groups in that part of Syria.

Syrian chief negotiator and Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari (C) speaks to the press during a fifth round of Syria peace talks on July 5, 2017, in Astana.

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