US expresses willingness to work with Russia in Syria

US willing to work with Russia in Syria against ISIS, toward political solution to resolve crisis

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U.S is willing to work with Russia over Syrian crisis

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday that the US wants to cooperate with Russian forces in Syria to fight against ISIS and to find a political solution over rebuilding the country.

"The US and Russia share two interests [in Syria] the lasting defeat of ISIL [ISIS] and a political transition from the [Bashar] Assad regime that preserves and begins to restore the country," Carter told reporters

"We believe the political and military tracks need to proceed in parallel and we're willing to work with Russia on that basis," he added.

Carter also stated that if Russia continues to deliver military assistance for the Assad regime it would be difficult to end conflict in Syria.

Furthermore, Russian foreign ministry expressed that Moscow is positioning troops in Syria to initiate its own efforts against ISIS.

"To pursue the defeat of ISIL [ISIS] without, at the same time, pursuing a political transition, is to fuel the very kind of extremism that underlies ISIL [ISIS], and if that's the Russian view, that's a logical contradiction," Carter added.

Carter made his comments during a brief press event with Colonel-General Stepan Poltorak, the Ukranian Minister of Defense who said Russia’s movement into Syria is “one of the factors to divert the attention of international community from the problems in Ukraine.”

Carter emphasized that even if the two countries' concern may coincide over Syria it will not change the Washington's attitude against Russian support to separatists in Ukraine and its "destabilizing actions" in Eastern Europe.

American defense chief said that the US supplied more than $244 million worth of material to train the Ukraine army and 900 Ukrainian National Guard forces will have graduated from training programme by the end of November.

TRTWorld and agencies