Moscow and Washington have different views on how the fight against terrorism should proceed: Russian Foreign Ministry

  • Date of Publication : 4/07/2017 at 12:40 GMT
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Moscow and Washington have different views on how the fight against terrorism should proceed, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia.

The reason for the continuing crisis in Syria, according to Ryabkov is that Moscow and Washington have quite different views on how the fight against terrorism should proceed and on some other international issues.

“There are also very serious, fundamental disagreements in approaches to a number of international issues. We see what was and is happening in Syria. We have reached a point where we have different views on what a legitimate government is and how to the fight against terrorism should proceed. There are differences on the issues of strategic stability and so on,” he said.

He believes the solution to the Syrian crisis is very complicated and difficult, adding that it will remain unsolved unless all parties involved in the crisis play a constructive role and join their efforts.

According to Ryabkov, if Vladimir Putin’s plan regarding a broad-based campaign to combat terrorism is included in the U.S policy, achieving success in Syria will certainly be possible.

He argued that the United States confidently engaged itself in the Syrian Crisis but is now playing the role of a party being involved in the war. He continued that the U.S does differentiate between good and bad terrorists.

“Relations with the United States deteriorated since the departure of the presidential administration of Barack Obama, and Russia is wondering what exactly the U.S foreign policy is based on and in what direction it is moving,” he added.

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