Statement by Secretary Rex Tillerson about the current situation in Syria

Before leaving for Hamburg at the summit of “Big twenty” I would like to comment on the current situation in Syria as the issue the President will raise at the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

First, parties in Syria should ensure the stability on the ground. If we don’t achieve stability in Syria, our success in the fight against ISIS (banned in Russia organization — approx. lane) can be reversed. Secondly, the parties must through the political process to achieve a settlement that will point the way forward for the Syrian people. And finally, Russia has a special responsibility to help in these efforts.

Organized military action to defeat ISIL continue in Syria, and the United States with its partners in the anti-ISIS coalition is determined to make the civilian population of the liberated recently areas started to return home and began the restoration of normal life. Operating in Syria, the forces must remember that we are fighting against ISIS. We urge all parties, including the Syrian government, its allies, the Syrian opposition forces and coalition forces who are fighting to defeat ISIS, to avoid conflicts among themselves and to adhere to the agreed geographical boundaries of the military deconfliction and de-escalation protocols.

The ideal stability does not exist, but we must use all available means to counter the resurgence of ISIL and other terrorist groups. Of course, between the United States and Russia have unresolved disputes on some issues, but we have the potential for appropriate engagement in Syria to achieve stability and ensure our common security interests. U.S. believe that Russia, as the guarantor of the Assad regime and the party, which has long been involved in the Syrian conflict, is responsible for addressing the needs of the Syrian people and that no group in Syria is not returned under your control and not illegally occupied areas liberated from ISIL and other terrorist groups. Russia is also obliged to prevent the further application of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons of any kind.

The United States and Russia have made progress in creating areas of deconfliction in Syria, prevent the application of mutual accidental damage. Our military leaders support a clear link between to the Syrian theater of operations there were no incidents between our two countries. When minor incidents happen they are resolved quickly and peacefully. Such cooperation in the areas of deconfliction shows that our countries can make further progress. The United States is ready to consider establishing joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including a no-fly zone, monitors compliance with the agreement on ceasefire on the ground, as well as coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance. If our countries will work together, providing stability on the ground, it will lay the foundations for success in addressing the political future of Syria.

Now, when there is liberation of Raqqa, ISIS in Syria caused a lot of damage and it can be completely defeated if all parties focus their efforts on achieving this goal. To solve this problem, the international community, and especially Russia, should remove all obstacles to defeat ISIL and to help provide stability that will prevent ISIS to rise from the ashes of their unfounded and false Caliphate.