Antonov: Russia and the United States can cooperate in Syria provided that its sovereignty is respected

On January 21st, the Russian Ambassador to the United States of America Anatoly Antonov said that Russia and the United States could cooperate in Syria in the field of combating terrorism, the return of the displaced and providing humanitarian aid, as long as  Syria's sovereignty is respected.

Antonov stated  in a statement to Sputnik that it might be useful to identify areas in which Moscow and Washington could cooperate in Syria.

Antonove said that his country is ready for such cooperation on condition to respect the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic.

On the other hand, with regard to the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Weapons (START 3), Antonov indicated that former US President Donald Trump referred to this treaty to a subject of political bargaining.

Antonove pointed out that Russia asked more than a year ago the United States to extend the treaty without any preconditions.

On January 20th, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed the importance of extending the (START 3) treaty with the United States for the longest possible period.

Last June, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed organizing a meeting for the leaders of the permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, the United States, China, France and Britain).

O. al-Mohammad