Russia Ready to Assist in Fighting ISIL

Russia Ready to Assist in Fighting ISIL

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United States Secretary of State
John Kerry. Image from Archive.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed Russia is ready to support Iraq in its efforts to fight the terrorists of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“Lavrov had a meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday, Itar Tass reported.

The meeting was on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

“During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the ministry said.

“Moscow is ready to continue supporting Iraq in its efforts in fighting the terrorist threat, and, first of all, the one from the Islamic State.”

“Haider al-Abadi thanked for the principal solidarity position of the Russian Federation with Iraq and its people and stressed Bagdad was aimed at further development of cooperation with Russia in various spheres,” the diplomatic authority said.

They also discussed the current situation in the Middle East, focusing on joint fighting terrorism on the agreed international legal base.