WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama is ready to uphold Washington’s side of the US-Russian brokered ceasefire deal in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview on Wednesday.
"It is very clear to me that the President [Obama] is intent on upholding our part of the bargain, which is, that if they [Russia] are going to see to it that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s air force is not flying anywhere our opposition is, we have to help in the fight against terrorism," Kerry told NPR radio station.
Kerry was responding to a comment made by US Air Forces Central Command commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian at a Pentagon press briefing on Tuesday.
Subsequent US media reports on Tuesday suggested that the Pentagon was not prepared to uphold the deal.
Kerry stressed that Obama is ready, "and I think the [US] military, therefore, will be ready."
If the ceasefire, which went into effect Monday at sunset, is successfully maintained, the United States and Russia will begin coordinating anti-terrorism activities against Daesh and al-Nusra Front in Syria, the two sides have said.