• Russia ready to co-op with US to free Syria’s Raqqah: Lavrov

Russia says it is ready to work with the US-led coalition in Syria to retake the Daesh stronghold of Raqqah from Takfiri terrorists.

“We are ready to coordinate our actions with the Americans, because Raqqah is in the eastern part of Syria, and the American coalition is mainly ... acting there,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Ren-TV television channel.

Lavrov also said that Washington had earlier expressed keenness to divide the operations in Syria, with the US and its coalition partners working to recapture Raqqah, and Russia being tasked with liberating the ancient city of Palmyra in the central Homs Province.

“Perhaps, this is no secret, if I say that at some stage the Americans suggested performing a ‘division of labor;’ the Russian Air forces should concentrate on the liberation of Palmyra, and the American coalition with Russian support will focus on the liberation of Raqqah,” Lavrov further said.

Russia launched its air campaign against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists and other militant groups in Syria on September 30 upon a request from the Damascus government.



Mar 14, 2016 16:25 UTC