US-Russian military chiefs to discuss operations in Syria

Washington, The US and Russian military chiefs will meet on Monday in Vienna to discuss operations in Syria, as the US has decided to leave a residual force to protect its Kurdish allies, US Joint Chiefs of Staff announced.

Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs, said that chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, will represent the US side in the meeting with General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian General Staff.

“The two military leaders will discuss the de-confliction of coalition and Russian operations in Syria, plus exchange views on the state of US-Russia military relations and the current international security situation in Europe and other key topics,” Ryder said.

Since Russia’s entry into the Syria conflict in 2015, Moscow and Washington have worked out their respective areas of operations against the Islamic State group, warning each other of planned air operations to avoid contact.

Washington is currently negotiating with Western allies in the anti-IS coalition on an international force that would train security forces capable of stabilizing parts of Syria.

Source: Jordan News Agency