(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) MOSCOW, June 29 (KUNA) -- Russia denied knowledge of US President Donald Trump's desire to strike a deal with President Vladimir Putin on Syria, official media reported Friday.
The US-based CNN network reported on Thursday that Trump had hoped to make a deal with Putin, at their forthcoming summit in Helsinki on July 16, that would allow for prompt pullout of US troops from Syria, according to Interfax News.
"We can't understand where the TV network got their information from," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated to the media.
"I have no idea what the CNN report is based on, or if there is anything factual behind this report. We know nothing about it and it makes you wonder," Peskov added.
According to CNN, Trump's plan would also allow the Russians to help the Syrian regime take back an area along the Jordanian border, where the US-led coalition and its military partners are experiencing increased opposition from "an unidentified hostile force" in recent days despite a previous ceasefire.
His plan would also expect Moscow to establish an exclusion zone to prevent fighting in southwest Syria and block Iranian-backed forces from the region, CNN said, adding that kicking Iran out of Syria is a key part of Trump's plan for US withdrawal. (end) as.ma
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