Russia responds to Trump’s ‘safe zones’ in Syria proposal

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday responded to US President Donald Trump’s proposal for safe zones in Syria.

Speaking at a press conference, Peskov said, “The USA should consider the results of forming safe zones [in Syria]”.

Asked whether Trump had conferred with Russia on forming safe zones in Syria, Peskov responded, “No, our American partners have not consulted us. This is a unilateral decision by them.”

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Huseyin Muftuoglu also commented on Trump’s statement, saying, “Turkey has been voicing this proposal for a long time. We will see what happens”.

Speaking to ABC’s David Muir in his first television interview, Donald Trump said the millions of refugees created by the six-year-long war in Syria should stay in “safe zones in the country” rather than go to Europe. “I’ll absolutely do safe zones in Syria for the people”, he pledged.