Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied allegations that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and he had reached an agreement on sending Russian military instructors to Iraq and on Moscow's willingness to share intelligence concerning the Islamic State with Washington.
"There was no agreement that we would share information in the context of the activities of the so-called coalition set up by the Americans to combat the Islamic State, nor was there an agreement that we would send our instructors to train the Iraqi army," Lavrov said in a Saturday analytical program hosted by Sergei Brilyov on Russian television.
At the same time, Lavrov confirmed that Kerry and he had discussed steps to combat terrorism in the Middle East and the situation in this region as a whole at their recent talks in Paris on October 14. "John Kerry suggested that we cooperate in combating the Islamic State. I replied that Russia has long been ready to cooperate on antiterrorism: we actively help the countries of the region, including by improving their combat capability, so that they could oppose terrorists and extremists," he said.
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