But issue strong warning
According to a Reuters report, Russia is set to continue its cooperation with the United States and its partners to fight against the Islamic State in Syria.
However, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin warned that the cooperation would be jeopardized if there are any repeats of Turkey’s shooting down any more of its jet.
Putin viewed the downing of its jet by Turkey over a week ago as an act of betrayal by a country Moscow had thought was its friend.
However, he voiced strong military support for the fight against ISIS in intensifying cooperation with the French armed forces and other Western allies.
“We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United States. But of course incidents like the destruction of our aircraft and the deaths of our servicemen… are absolutely unacceptable,” Putin reportedly said at a joint news conference.
“And we proceed from the position that there will be no repeat of this, otherwise we’ll have no need of cooperation with anybody, any coalition, any country,” he added.
He said both he and France’s President Hollande had “agreed how we will cooperate in the near future, on a bilateral basis and with, as a whole, the coalition led by the United States.
“We are talking about a designation of the territories against which we can conduct strikes, and where it is better to refrain from strikes, about the exchange of information on various issues, and the coordination of our actions on, so to speak, the battlefield,” Putin continued.
He noted that the aim was to “establish constructive work by our military specialists to avoid duplication and avoid strikes on those territories and groups which are themselves ready to fight terrorism.”
“We view this as the formation of a wide anti-terrorist coalition under the aegis of the United Nations,” Putin further said.
The Russian leader said, under the cooperation already established with the U.S.-led coalition, Russia’s military had passed on details of the flight plan of the jet that was shot down this week.
“Why did we pass this information to the Americans? Either they were not controlling what their allies were doing, or they are leaking this information all over the place,” Putin reportedly said.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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