Moscow says happy to talk to US about presence in Syria

The West has raised concern over signs of an ongoing Russian military buildup in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, which Washington says signals Moscow's intention to set up a forward air base there.

By: AP | Moscow | Published:September 17, 2015 7:56 pm
Syria, Russia Syria, Syria crisis, Syria US, Syria war, Russia Syria weapons FILE – In thbis Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration is weighing an offer from Russia to have military-to-military talks and meetings on the situation in Syria amid increasing U.S. concern and uncertainty about Russia’s military buildup there, Kerry said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry says Moscow is happy to talk to Washington about its military presence in Syria.

The West has raised concern over signs of an ongoing Russian military buildup in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, which Washington says signals Moscow’s intention to set up a forward air base there.

Russia has been angry over anonymous reports coming out from Washington saying that Russia has delivered about a half dozen battle tanks there.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that Russia is ready to address “any concerns” that the United States might have. She said that should be done between Russian military experts and their American counterparts, and not in the media.

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