The Kremlin believes that it is still too early to disclose any details of the Russian leadership's plan to crack down on terrorists from the Islamic State group and is awaiting other partners' response.
"This concern exists, and there is also an intention to call on everyone to cooperate. As for the details, probably it is still too early to speak [about them]. Everything will depend on the modality of cooperation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Peskov offered his comments in response to reports that at their recent talks in Qatar, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans concerning the fight against Islamic State.
"We see diverse actions taking place there: some of our colleagues, on the contrary, seek to work further to undermine the positions of the Syrian leadership. In our opinion, this will lead to an even greater deterioration of the situation," Peskov said.
At the same time, the Kremlin spokesman confirmed that this "work is being conducted".
"Indeed, it is not a secret that the Russian side is voicing strong concern at the highest level over how so-called Islamic State is further spreading its influence and how the terrorist-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq is growing," Peskov said.
"Putin has repeatedly raised this issue during his meetings with his counterparts from a number of European countries and the U.S. It is true that he brought up this topic during his last [telephone] conversation with [U.S.] President Barack Obama," he added.
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