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Crushing Blow: Trump May Revive Plans on Russian-US Joint Airstrikes in Syria

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US President-elect Donald Trump could revive Barack Obama’s plans on conducting joint US-Russia airstrikes in Syria aimed at eliminating terrorists.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The most immediate cooperation between Moscow and Washington could focus on the fight against terrorism, The Washington Times reported Wednesday, citing military and diplomatic sources.

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According to the newspaper, a September plan on the creation of a Geneva-based Joint Integration Center comprising Russian and US military officials could be presented to Trump’s administration.

On Monday, Putin and Trump had their first phone conversation on US-Russian relations, fight against terrorism, as well as situation in Syria. They also agreed it was necessary to improve deteriorated bilateral relations.

On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled a peace plan to address the Syrian conflict. The ceasefire deal was later shattered by numerous violations, which resulted in intensified fighting between the Syrian government and militants in Aleppo. The Syrian government has announced an end to the ceasefire regime, while Russia said that the United States failed to fulfill its obligation to separate terrorist groups from moderate opposition.

On November 8, Trump won the US presidential election with 290 electoral votes, while his opponent Hillary Clinton received 228.

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