US looks at Russian offer of military talks

Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-16 12:56:08-04

Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is weighing an offer from Russia to have military-to-military talks and meetings on the situation in Syria.

Kerry said Wednesday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) had made the proposal in a phone call on Tuesday and that the White House, Pentagon and State Department were all now considering it. Kerry suggested that he favored such an idea, noting that the United States wants a clear picture of what Russia's intentions are in Syria following a recent military buildup there.

Kerry said Lavrov had told him that Russia was only interested in fighting the Islamic State group in Syria. But Kerry stressed it remained unclear if that position would change.