UNITED NATIONS, September 27 (RIA Novosti) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said during his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of UN General Assembly that his country was ready to cooperate in fight against Islamic State (IS) militant group with anyone who has a reasonable stance on this issue, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told journalists.
“Muallem said that they are ready to cooperate in fight against IS with anyone who counters these terrorists and have a constructive stance,” Gatilov stated.
“Their position and they have already officially confirmed that, is that everything happening there now happens without their consent, this is why they do not like it,” he added.
The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting against the Syrian government since 2012. In 2014, IS militants spread through northern and western Iraq as well and declared a caliphate on the territories under its control.
Washington and its allies have been carrying out airstrikes on IS positions is Iraq since August, claiming a militant group is a threat to international security.
Since the beginning of the week, Washington has been carrying out strikes against the IS and other insurgents on the Syrian territory, without any formal permission from Damascus.
Various politicians and international experts have stressed that all actions against the IS and other extremists in the Middle East must be carried out with consent of suffering countries' legitimate authorities, otherwise such actions violate the international laws.