Europe

Kremlin: US plan for safe zones in Syria needs to be careful

  • This photo provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows Russian air force Tu-22M3 bombers strike the Islamic State group wldtargets in Syria on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The mission, the third such bombing raid in four days, targeted the Islamic State group around Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria where the Islamic State group has launched an offensive against Syrian government forces. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)

    This photo provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows Russian air force Tu-22M3 bombers strike the Islamic State group wldtargets in Syria on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The mission, the third such bombing raid in four days, targeted the Islamic State group around Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria where the Islamic State group has launched an offensive against Syrian government forces. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. A senior European Union official says it is too early to comment on reports of U.S. plans for safe zones in Syria. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the European Union "will consider plans when they come." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. A senior European Union official says it is too early to comment on reports of U.S. plans for safe zones in Syria. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the European Union "will consider plans when they come." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini listens to Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil during their press conference at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. A senior European Union official says it is too early to comment on reports of U.S. plans for safe zones in Syria. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the European Union "will consider plans when they come." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini listens to Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil during their press conference at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. A senior European Union official says it is too early to comment on reports of U.S. plans for safe zones in Syria. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the European Union "will consider plans when they come." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

The Kremlin says a U.S. plan for safe zones in Syria should be thoroughly considered.

Asked to comment on a draft executive order that President Donald Trump is expected to sign this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, underlined the importance to "thoroughly calculate all possible consequences" of the measure. He noted Thursday that "it's important not to exacerbate the situation with refugees."

While suspending visas for Syrians and others, the order directs the Pentagon and the State Department to produce a plan for safe zones in Syria and the surrounding area within 90 days.

Safe zones, proposed by both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign, were considered by the Obama administration years ago and ruled out, in part because of Russia's air campaign in Syria.