Seprember 23, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Russian Foreign Minister has called for the Russian and US military to coordinate to defeat terrorist forces once and for all in Syria.
“We have the so-called deconflicting, but this is probably not enough when fight against terrorism is in progress, when we destroy terrorist hotbeds in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor,” Sergey Lavrov said.
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“In order to deal a final blow to terrorists in fact, not just deconflicting is need, coordination is necessary. However, American military are forbidden from coordination,” he added.
“We are delighted to meet, to make sure we are on the same page about the Syrian settlement, fight against terrorism, resumption of nationwide dialogue and to outline further steps with regard to all these issues,” Lavrov said.
“I am convinced that successes of the Syrian army supported by Russia’s Aerospace Force, in particularly in Deir ez-Zor and other regions, are very impressive,” he said. “It is a decisive contribution to the fight against ISIL.”
“We will be ready to heed your assessments on the issue and the situation in the country on the whole,” Lavrov said.
“We have regular talks with the Americans, the Department of State and Pentagon. We have explained what is going on, as the Russian Defense Ministry had earlier announced publicly,” he emphasized.
“We have sent a clear message that if there are attempts to complicate the end of the counterterrorism operation from the areas that are close to American ‘friends,’ or what else they can be called, it will not be left without reaction,” Lavrov concluded.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.