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    President of the Nouveau Centre (New Centre) party and newly elected president of the Normandie regional council Herve Morin is pictured after the vote, on January 4, 2015 at the regional council building in Rouen

    US-Russia Syria Cooperation Needed, Unilateral Efforts Futile

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    Herve Morin, the former French defense minister said that Moscow and Washington should cooperate in order to reach the Syrian crisis settlement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Syrian crisis settlement is impossible to be reached unilaterally and requires cooperation between Moscow and Washington, the former French defense minister told Sputnik on Friday.

    On Monday, the US State Department said it was suspending bilateral channels with Russia that had been set up in an effort to sustain a September 9 US-Russian brokered ceasefire deal in Syria.

    "In this region of the world [Syria], nothing can be carried out only by one side. It is necessary that each party [Russia and the United States] plays this game, participates in it," Herve Morin, who is the incumbent president of France’s Normandy region, said.

    Morin also admitted high efficiency of Thursday's meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow that included the discussion of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition groups, as well as terrorist formations, such as the Islamic State and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front), both outlawed in Russia.

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