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US, Russia Exchange Info on Nusra Front, Opposition's Locations in Syria

© REUTERS / Abdalrhman IsmailChildren play near upright buses barricading a street, which serve as protection from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, Syria April 6, 2016
Children play near upright buses barricading a street, which serve as protection from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, Syria April 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The United States and Russia exchanged information related to the Nusra Front and opposition positions in Syria amid the renewed cessation of hostilities, a US government official said on Monday.

Burnt vehicles are pictured in front of the damaged the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)-backed al-Quds hospital after it was hit by airstrikes, in a rebel-held area of Syria's Aleppo, April 28, 2016 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry during a phone conversation that it was critical to swiftly separate Washington-oriented anti-government groups from terrorist factions.

"We [the United States] have had multiple conversations… to exchange information on our views on where Nusra [Front] and the [opposition] parties are located," the official stated when asked about sharing location information with Russia.

Nusra Front is not party to the ceasefire in Syria, the US government official added, so it is permissible to take action against them, assuming measures are taken to minimize civilian casualties.

Last week, Lavrov said the United States attempted to include Nusra Front positions within the new Syrian ceasefire agreement, but Moscow refused to oblige, a statement subsequently denied by the US State Department.

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