Moscow sees the coalition led by the United States against ISIS (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) as a potential efficient partner, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
"We regard the coalition set up by the United States as a potentially efficient partner. For this coalition to be genuinely efficient, it should, of course, rely on the very solid ground of international law, a resolution of the UN Security Council which spoke out on this issue," Lavrov told a press conference held jointly with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni in Rome on Friday.
"The U.S. coalition is a reality. We are satisfied with the U.S. coalition stepping up its operations in the Syrian space in the past couple of months, around halfway into our Aerospace Force operation in response to the request from the Syrian government," the Russian minister said.
"It was during this period that the coalition's aircraft started bombing the facilities for illegal trade in oil seized by ISIL," Lavrov said.
Apart from broadening the anti-ISIS coalition, it is particularly important to ensure proper counter-response to this terror group, the minister said.
"I think that apart from the physical expansion of this coalition, it is also important to pay attention to the quality of the work being carried out. Yes, there are oil deposits, there are makeshift oil refineries which largely provide funding for ISIL, but there are also the supply routes which feed money, necessary equipment and weapons to terrorists," Lavrov said.
The success of the coalition's operation largely depends on whether it will be possible to stop the illegal trafficking on both sides of the Syrian-Turkish border, the minister said.
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