Russia, U.S. so far do not share common approach toward combating Islamic State - Lavrov

Russia and the United States agree on the need to combine efforts in combating Islamic State, but they so far do not have a specific approach toward this, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia and the United States agree on the need to combine efforts in combating Islamic State, but they so far do not have a specific approach toward this, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We all agree that IS is a common threat and a common evil. It is necessary to combine efforts in combating this phenomenon as soon and as efficiently as possible, but we so far do not have a common approach toward how this can be done, in particular, taking into consideration differences between various players in the world, including the armed units of the Syrian opposition," Lavrov said at a news briefing on the sidelines of an ASEAN event on Aug. 5.

"This is a subject for our further contacts," Lavrov said. "We agreed that experts from the Russian Foreign Ministry and the [U.S.] Department of State will continue to work on it. We will certainly be guided by the initiative that we possess," he said.

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