Russia,U.S. still far from setting up alliance to fight terrorism - Kremlin

Moscow has no illusions about the possibility that its positions with Washington could become closer on the fight against terrorism in the near future

Moscow has no illusions about the possibility that its positions with Washington could become closer on the fight against terrorism in the near future, and such an alliance is unlikely to be set up soon, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in commenting on the results of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to Moscow.

"Nobody has such illusions. We can't say that we have advanced in our cooperation on the fight against terrorism. We can't say that we have moved ahead toward setting up an alliance to oppose the challenges facing us. Unfortunately, it's still a long way off," Peskov said in an interview to be shown in the Right to Know program on the TV Center television channel on Saturday evening.

The Kremlin spokesman said this when asked whether Kerry's visit could help set up an antiterrorist alliance between Russia, the U.S. and other Western countries against ISIL, a terrorist organization banned in Russia.

At the same time, Peskov noted that "at least the willingness to discuss this, which was not visible a year or two years ago, is already a very serious step in the right direction."

"In fact, perhaps it's become clear absolutely to everyone now that the principle of equality is the main principle that needs to be followed in a dialogue with Moscow," Peskov said.

 

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