US calls on Russia to put pressure on Damascus

USA close consultations with Russia on the situation in Syria and hopes that Moscow will have a Damascus pressure for a political settlement of the conflict in the country, said Deputy assistant Secretary of state Joel Rayburn

"We are having very close consultations with our Russian partners and continue to encourage them to use the influence that they have on the Assad regime, and we believe that this is a very serious impact, use it to put pressure on the regime to adhere to resolution 2254 of the UN security Council to find a political settlement of the Syrian conflict," said Rayburn during a telephone briefing.

However, he noted that US sanctions remain an important but not the only tool of Washington. They are, according to Rayburn, must push the Syrian government to negotiate.

Wednesday, the US expanded sanctions against Syria, making the list of four people, including the son of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as ten companies.

At the end of 2019, the US President, Donald trump has signed a law that became known as "Caesar." It entered into force on 1 June and includes the sanctions, affecting virtually all sectors of the economy of Syria. The sanctions list was expanded on June 17, under the restriction got 14 people, including the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ASMA and his sister Bushra, and 21 organization.