Vladimir Putin

Russia: Syria safe zones need to be agreed with Damascus

Russia is open for dialogue with the United States on safe zones in Syria but believes that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the Syrian government, Moscow's top diplomat said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he had briefly discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when they met in Germany last week. He added that Tillerson told him the concept was still being worked out.

President Donald Trump's praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his promise to improve relations with Russia and jointly fight the Islamic State group in Syria have raised Kremlin expectations of a possible thaw with Washington. Ties between the...