Kremlin once again calls for forming broad anti-terrorist coalition

"Russia is keeping open the door to create such a united coalition"

Following the start of UK airstrikes in Syria, the Kremlin has once again reaffirmed the importance of establishing a broad anti-terrorist coalition, noting that Russia still remains the only country that is legitimately fighting against terrorism in this country.

"We continue to welcome any actions aimed at combating terrorism and combating Islamic State (ISIS). Certainly, we believe that the efficiency [of these measures] may be increased significantly if these actions are coordinated and all [countries] act as a united coalition," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Russia is keeping open the door to create such a united coalition," he added.

When asked about the presence of a legal foundation for the UK Air Force's operation in Syria, the Kremlin spokesman said: "Nothing changes here. Here it is not even important what we think. It is a purely judicial statement. From the point of view of international law, the only country that is legitimately acting [in Syria] is the Russian Federation," Peskov said.

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