US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) next to US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft at the presidential residence Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi on May 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOSHUA ROBERTS (Photo credit should read JOSHUA ROBERTS/AFP/Getty Images)

After talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that the United States are not seeking a regime change in Syria.

“The United States and its partners are not seeking regime change in Syria,” Kerry said in a news conference inside the Kremlin. He however emphasized that the U.S. believes President Assad cannot remain the leader of Syria in the future.

This statement however shows a change of outlook when in the years since 2011, the U.S. were adamant for the immediate removal of President Assad from power. They have been calling for this up until now.

“Despite the different positions of our countries, we have shown that Russia and the United States are moving in the same direction,” Kerry said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the talks “substantive.”

“No one should be forced to choose between a dictator and being plagued by terrorists,” Kerry said. He stated that the Islamist rebel demands that Assad must leave immediately as a “nonstarting position, obviously.”

“The world is better off when Russia and the U.S. work together”, he added, calling Obama and Putin’s current cooperation a “sign of maturity.”

“There is no policy of the United States, per se, to isolate Russia,” Kerry stressed.

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Suzy Kiprien
Suzy Kiprien
2015-12-16 00:48

Disgusting. The destruction of a beautiful and historically-rich country started by USA and now they say they don’t seek regime change although at the beginning, they did. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, they finally realize the error of their ways. Do not blame Americans for this. Obama administration is to blame and trying to save face. God will take care of reparations, not humans.

Lino Bonnici
Lino Bonnici
2015-12-16 05:22

That is most strategic incredibile decision has taken by the US current

administration after the Paris attacks, They convinced now that there is no

way to fight or destroy the Isis without supporting the Syrian regime,

particulary the Syrian Army .