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    Europe could help the US and Russia to resolve their differences and join forces against radical Islamists.

    Europe should help the US to realize that Russia isn’t an enemy but an obvious ally in the battle against radical Islamists, according to Italian daily Il Giornale.

    "The US fought against Saddam Hussein, Qaddafi and Assad only to realize that toppled secular regimes are being replaced with Islamists," the newspaper points out.
    Furthermore, some Arab states that the US attempted to recruit to deal with this new menace actually ended up funding the Islamists instead of fighting them.

    But instead of addressing the threat, the Western governments kept antagonizing Russia, their 'most obvious ally', Il Giornale remarks. The US imposed sanctions against Russia and coerced other European states to back this campaign, effectively alienating the country which has always been a political and cultural part of Europe.

    Instead of continuing to cater to all of the US' 'whims', the European nations should put an end to the climate of mistrust in its relations with Russia, and form 'a united front of friendship and trust,' the newspaper claims. In order to do so, Europe should revoke the anti-Russian sanctions, provide assistance in the Russian-Ukrainian dialogue, and help Ukraine adopt a new constitution that would grant greater autonomy to the country’s regions.

    "Let’s all work together to restore peace between the US, Europe and Russia," Il Giornale concludes.

    In 2014, the European Union, the United States and their allies imposed a series of economic sanctions against Russian nationals and key spheres of the country's economy accusing Moscow of meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs and escalating a military crisis in the country.

    Russia has denied playing any role in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, warning that the Western sanctions were counterproductive.

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