Lavrov says Russia in control of war against Islamic State

Lavrov says Russia in control of war against Islamic StateThe US says all efforts to strike Islamic State militants in Syria must be coordinated. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the remarks in a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in New York at the United Nations summit.

Lavrov suggested Russia was now controlling along with Syria, Iran and Iraq the effort to attack IS in Syria.

Reporter: "Mr. Foreign Minister, the Iraqi military has announced a new intelligence-sharing arrangement with the Russian Federation, Syria and Iran. What's the purpose of this? And Mr. Secretary, do you welcome this arrangement?"

Sergei Lavrov: "Well, we coordinate the efforts against ISIL."

Reporter: "Mr. Secretary?"

John Kerry: "I think the critical thing is that all of the efforts need to be coordinated. This is not yet coordinated. I think we have concerns about how we're going to go forward, but that's precisely what we're meeting on to talk about now. Our presidents will be meeting tomorrow. This is the beginning of a genuine effort to see if there is a way to de-conflict, but also to find a way forward that will be effective in keeping a united, secular Syria that can be at peace and stable again without foreign troops present, and that's our hope."

Russia's military build up in Syria where a US-backed coaltion is supporting a Sunni uprsing against the Assad Shia regime, has forced the US to negotiate with Moscow despite Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Ukraine Today
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