Yesterday Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to the UK asked Simon Gass, Director General FCO, to help establish contact with representatives of opposition group of the Syrian Free Army, supported by the U.S. This was stated on the website of the Russian Embassy in London, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Inforesist.
The report said that “the Russian side would be grateful to the British partners for their assistance in making contacts” with the FSA to discuss “coordination between it and the Syrian armed forces in the fight against ISIS.” Russian authorities also want to discuss with the rebels the opportunity to “connect to the political process” in Syria.
The Russian ambassador also sent a request to British counterpart for data on “extremists infrastructure to improve the efficiency of air strikes.”
Yakovenko and Gass exchanged “views on the current state of affairs.” The Russian diplomat stressed “the need to consolidate international efforts” to deal effectively with the IG and “other terrorist groups.” The two sides agreed that efforts to combat terrorism “must go hand in hand with co-operation to promote a political settlement of the Syrian crisis.”
It should be recalled that earlier Lilia Shevtsova, political analyst tried to explain the reasons of Vladimir Putin’s war operations in Syria.
“In order to understand the Kremlin actions, it is necessary to look at Russia through the prism of the country’s institutions, through the eyes of controlling persons”, – she said.
Shevtsova believes that the Syrian campaign is an attempt to balance the power of Putin’s strong Russia on one side and some suggestion on cooperation with the West – on the other. Only now he offers to the West is not another Yalta conference with splitting booties but some questionable relationship that will allow each party to interpret the international law in a preferable way to erase the distinction between war and peace, such, so to speak, a comfortable relativism.