27 June 2014, 17:20

Russia willing to renew antiterrorism cooperation with US - Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Moscow is willing to renew the mutual cooperation with the US in the fight against the international terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "Us and Americans had a fairly effective bilateral mechanism that linked various agencies involved in counterterrorist operations. Since last year this mechanism was suspended by our American colleagues, and now we feel their eagerness to resume the antiterrorism cooperation. We’re ready for that, it’s up to our American colleagues now," Lavrov said.

Lavrov on US actions in Syria

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he hopes that the US financial aid to the Syrian opposition "won’t fall into the wrong hands" and will help resolve the Syrian crisis. "Our American partners, with whom we thoroughly discuss every aspect of this situation, assure us that they’ll only provide aid to the groups that distance themselves from terrorists. I hope that this aid won’t fall into the wrong hands," said Lavrov during a press conference following the negotiations with the Republic of Fiji Foreign Minister Inoke Kubuabola.

Late May President Barack Obama said that the US intends to expand the support for the "moderate wing" of the Syrian opposition. On Thursday Obama asked US Congress to allocate $500 million on equipment and training for the members of the "moderate" Syrian opposition.

Since March 2011 Syria is locked in an armed conflict, in which over 150 thousand people were killed, UN reports. The government troops are being opposed by militant groups belonging to different factions, many of which also employ foreign mercenaries. The Syrian government declared on numerous occasions that the militants are being supported from abroad.

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