Russia to continue cooperation with US on Syria despite strained ties – Kremlin

October 5, 2016 10:49 am 

MOSCOW, Oct. 5 — Russia would continue cooperation with the United States despite Washington's suspension on the interaction with Moscow over the Syrian settlement, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

"Russia will continue contacts with the US on issues that are necessary to maintain the global peace and security in general," Peskov told reporters. "Despite anything, Moscow remains interested in normalizing the relations with the US."

Meanwhile, Peskov declined to comment on Russia's possible withdrawal from other agreements with the US following the halting of the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement with the US on Monday.

Also on Monday, the US State Department announced the suspension of negotiations with Moscow in restoring a cease-fire in Syria, where both countries have made a host of joint efforts to facilitate a peaceful solution to the crisis there, but they are now at an impasse due to various differences.

Peskov added that Russia would also continue its campaign against terrorist groups and support for the Syrian government troops even as the US unilateral ceasefire suspension "has made the situation there more complicated." (PNA/Xinhua)

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