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    US Skips Over Russian Consultations Regarding Plans on Safe Zone in Syria

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    US President Donald Trump's administration should consider the implications of establishing a safe zone in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Trump reiterated in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday that he plans to create safe zones for civilians in the crisis-hit Arab republic. He stressed that the option was preferable to letting millions of refugees into Europe or the United States, labeling the EU approach to the problem "a disaster." The pledge echoed his election campaign promises.

    "Our US partners have not consulted with Russia, it is a sovereign decision. It is important not to aggravate the situation with refugees. One ought to calculate all the possible consequences," Peskov told reporters.

    Both Russia and the United States have been involved in trying to settle the Syrian conflict over the past year after Russia started its counterterrorist aerial campaign in the country in late 2015.

    Turkey, which also got involved in the settlement effort more recently, intervened in northern Syria in August 2016. Turkish authorities said the aim of the operation was to clear the region from terrorists and make it a safety zone for refugees. The operation has been widely criticized both by the Syrian Kurds and Damascus, who have accused Ankara of violating Syria's territorial integrity.

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      Much being said here while using very few words. The untamed egos of the west need to learn how to be respectful when strutting around the sovereign footprints of a Bear.
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      I am an American but to create a safe or no fly zone in Syria should at any cost be prevented from happening. Refugees is the problem of the trouble makers. They reaped what they sow. If they fear refugees, don't create trouble. But to go into some one's house and tell the owner he can not walk pass his living room is too evil hearted. If Trump going to do that, i may be joining those demonstrators as well.
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