MOSCOW, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Russia is strongly opposed to U.S. strikes on pro-government forces in Syria and hopes Washington will take measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday.
Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a phone conversation on Saturday, in which they exchanged views on the current situation in Syria and confirmed their intention to strengthen cooperation in the efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
The two countries also agreed to make full use of the existing channels,including Astana and Geneva talks, to promote reconciliation between different parties in Syria.
In May, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of four "de-escalation zones" in Syria's Idlib province, Homs province, Damascus outskirts and southern areas.
However, since mid-May, the international coalition against the Islamic State group led by the United States has entered the "de-escalation zones" multiple times to strike pro-government forces.