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The United Kingdom should coordinate with Russia in the fight against the ISIS (banned in Russia) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, Chairman of the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Crispin Blunt said.

Axar.az reports that, in Saturday, a spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office announced that UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson planned to come to Moscow for high-level talks in the coming weeks to discuss the UK-Russia relationship and urgent global issues, such as crises in Syria and Ukraine.

"On ISIL, we need to co-ordinate with Russia to defeat a shared enemy in Syria and Iraq, and return stolen territory to their governments," Blunt said in a statement.

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and IS, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.

Britain is part of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The strikes in Iraq are conducted in support of the Iraqi government, but those in Syria are not authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.

Moscow has been conducting a counter-terrorist campaign in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad's request.

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2017.03.05 / 09:29
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