US-Russia Syria Collaboration Shouldn't Set Aside Ukraine Issue - Albright

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The United States should cooperate with Russia on a solution for the Syrian crisis, but it should not set aside previous disagreements over Ukraine, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said at a US Institute of Peace conference.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Albright explained that Syria is an area where the United States and Russia "can and should work together."

However, she advised "it would be a big mistake" to forget about US grievances over Ukraine.

"I think that we should work with Russia on Syria, but we cannot forget what the Russians have done in Ukraine," Albright said on Friday of potential US-Russian cooperation.

Washington has repeatedly accused Russia of violating international norms and interfering in the ongoing civil conflict in Ukraine. The United States, along with the European Union, has implemented several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia based off the claims of misconduct.

Syrians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes by regime forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 30, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Russia has repeatedly refuted the accusations and remains a critical part of the multinational grouping working to settle the conflict peacefully.

In the past two days, top US and Russian officials have had significant contact over the security situation in Syria. Reports from both Washington and Moscow have indicated that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama may meet next week at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the matter.

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