The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, sent a letter to US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford via a confidential communication channel in July, reported RBC news agency with a reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
"It is disappointing that the American side is unable to comply with our agreement that stipulates that the content of communication can only be disclosed with the consent of both sides," the Russian Defense Ministry said.
In his letter, Gerasimov made a proposal regarding the return of Syrian refugees from the Rukban camp located in the US-controlled area of al-Tanf, to their homes in the territory controlled by Syrian government troops.
In addition, the head of the Russian General Staff allegedly asked the US for assistance in demining in the city of Raqqa and the solution of other humanitarian problems.
"We expect that the US side will be able to take the necessary measures to prevent future violations of mutual agreements," the Ministry of Defense said, referring to the publicity of the letter.
Earlier, Reuters reported that in the letter, Moscow asked for support in rehabilitating Syria since the Syrian regime lacks the equipment, fuel, other materials and funds needed to rebuild the country. According to the report, the Russian plan was received ‘coldly’ by Washington.
It is noted that the US offered support in the event of a political solution to the conflict in Syria is found and the elections under the auspices of the United Nations are organized. The US accuses Assad of destroying Syria.
Moscow has stepped up its diplomatic activity after Assad's forces backed by Russian warplanes regained control over most of south-western Syria, the region that was one of the last insurgent areas.
Russia launched a large-scale campaign to attract Western countries to humanitarian activities in the Syrian-controlled territories of Syria, seeking to convince the world of the need to establish normal post-war relations with President Assad.