Russia, US agree to cooperate on fight against Daesh: Putin
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Putin said on Tuesday that his meeting with Obama a day earlier at the United Nations headquarters in New York saw the two sides agree to cooperate on fighting Daesh in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
“We have an understanding that it is necessary to ramp up our work at least at the bilateral level,” Putin told reporters, adding, “We are now thinking about creating relevant mechanisms.”
The comments came hours after Putin addressed the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, where he urged governments around the world to unite in the battle against Daesh, saying that Russia plans to step up support for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that regard.
“Strange is it may seem, there were many common points… There were also disagreements which we agreed to work together. I hope this work will be constructive,” Putin said after the meeting with Obama.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Putin and Obama agreed that their foreign and defense ministers work together in order to identify “specific ways and means which could make our common goal more achievable.”
Lavrov said the two presidents also agreed to follow up on their meeting with talks to find a common position on the conflict in Syria, adding that the encounter was “a very constructive discussion.”
“They did not discuss coalitions in the classical sense of the word… What they did discuss was the possibilities for the United States and Russia to cooperate closely on the most burning issues of today, Syria first of all,” Lavrov said, adding, “I believe that President Obama heard what President Putin had to say.”