'On the Same Page': Russia, India Share Approach to Syrian Settlement

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Russia and India are largely "on the same page" in relation to Syria, a senior Indian diplomat said.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Russia and India's approaches to the settlement of the Syrian crisis are similar, India’s Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Tuesday.

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"At the conceptual level, both the Russians and us agree that the Syrian issue should be resolved through political and diplomatic means and thorough the intra-Syrian dialogue," he said at a briefing.

Jaishankar stressed that Russia and India are largely "on the same page" in relation to Syria.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting a number of opposition factions and radical Islamist groups, including Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) and al-Nusra Front.

Russia, which has outlawed and designated Daesh a terrorist organization, has been conducting airstrikes against the group's positions in Syria since September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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