December 15, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
MOSCOW, Russia – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday at the Federation Council that Russia, Iran and Turkey see eye to eye on Syria, particularly preserving the country’s territorial integrity and the need to fight against terrorism.
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“As the president [of Russia Vladimir Putin] has stated many times, our goals and interests do not fully coincide, but though our countries have different approaches to various aspects of the Syria issue, we stand together when it comes to the need to defeat terrorism, preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and harmonize relations between all of its ethnic and religious groups,” the Russian top diplomat noted.
“These common interests ensure consistent and effective activities on the Astana platform,” he added.
“I believe, timing is everything,” he said. “But in general, current global issues do not require frozen bureaucratized institutions, while there is a need for flexible coalitions that could make it possible to offer effective and timely responses to today’s challenges,” Lavrov said.
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.