Although Daesh has been retreating since Russia launched its aerial campaign in late September 2015, the group is still strong enough to wreak havoc in the Middle East, northern Africa and beyond. It follows then that Moscow's help in tackling international terrorism is crucial.
Alexei Pushkov, who heads State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, recently summed it up by saying that "feuding with Russia is stupidity, not politics."
Разговоры Столтенберга о возобновлении работы Совета Россия-НАТО отражают "кризис жанра" альянса. Вражда с Россией — глупость, не политика.— Алексей Пушков (@Alexey_Pushkov) 28 января 2016
High-ranking Western officials, including US State Secretary John Kerry, have recently hinted that anti-Russian sanctions could be lifted in the foreseeable future.
But "setting the scene for an end to [Moscow's] isolation are government officials in France and Germany, who are running out of patience with what they say is Ukraine's inability to live up to its obligations of a peace deal they helped put together," the media outlet observed.
On Monday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called for greater cooperation with Moscow in tackling the refugee crisis and resolving the Syrian conflict. Germany received 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015 alone – a record for any European nation, but more will come as long as sectarian violence continues to tear Syria apart.
Earlier this month, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron also mentioned that Paris would like to see anti-Russian sanctions gone by the summer. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that the restrictive measures could be lifted in June if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented.