WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States has no illusions about Russia but will work together with it to promote mutual interests in Syria, US State Secretary has admitted in an op-ed for a local newspaper.
"While we are on guard against Russian aggression, we recognize the need to work with Russia where mutual interests intersect. Nowhere is that more evident than in Syria," he wrote.
"We are confident that the fulfillment of these talks will produce a Syria that is free of Bashar al-Assad and his family," he said, referring to Syria’s embattled president.
Russia has been actively involved in the Syrian peace process, volunteering to act as a ceasefire guarantor and proposing to host a Syrian dialogue congress in Sochi next month. Moscow has demanded that President Assad’s role in Syria's future be determined by its people.