U.S. rejects Russia’s proposal to join forces against Syrian rebels

RU{BNN / MOSCOW, Russia} – Russia has proposed to the U.S. to carry out joint airstrikes on Syrian rebels but the Pentagon on May 20 rejected the proposal.

According to reports, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a Defence Ministry meeting broadcast on state television that the attacks could begin as early as May 25 and would be coordinated with the Syrian government.

He said, “We believe the adoption of these measures will allow a transition to a peaceful process to be achieved in the entire territory of Syria. Of course, these measures have been coordinated with the leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

Shoigu said that the matter had been discussed with U.S. military experts based in Jordan and other counterparts in Geneva. But the U.S. said that it was not interested in the proposal.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters, “Nothing’s formally been presented to us. I can only tell you from where I sit, and from where we sit today that we do not collaborate or coordinate with the Russians on any operations in Syria. We don’t have military-to-military relations with Russia.”

The U.S. suspended military relations with Russia after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.

The military talks between U.S. and Russia on Syria have been constricted to avoiding accidental conflict between the two groups in Syria.

However, both countries are against the al-Qaeda linked Nusrat Front, which was not included in the ceasefire deal. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.