Russia and the United States will continue to speak for a compromise in the Syrian issue after a meeting in New York, where Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin displayed their differences over the fate of Bashar al-Assad.
Monday night, after a meeting of about 90 minutes, which began with an icy handshake, the Russian president spoke of a meeting “constructive surprisingly open” with his US counterpart and discussed possible cooperation .
The Russian head of state assured that the “common work” between the United States and Russia should be strengthened, saying consider the “establishment of appropriate mechanisms”.
His chief of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov then spoke in an interview on Russian television “discussions between the ministries of defense, between the foreign ministries” to “make our common goal (…), destruction of the Islamic State, more achievable. ”
“The dialogue with the Americans will continue intensively in the shortest possible time,” added the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, but said Washington had refused to join the clearinghouse military intelligence set in Baghdad by Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria to fight the EI.
If the Russian president did not rule out strikes of its aviation, he dismissed sending ground troops to fight against the jihadists of IE rather emphasizing his desire “to further assist the Syrian army “.
The day after the Obama-Putin meeting, many differences remain between Russians and Westerners on ways to end a war that has already killed more than 240,000 dead.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said so open to working with Russia to defeat the EI while repeating that support the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as Moscow made ” could lead to peace and stability in the region. ”
Evidence of ongoing tensions with the West, the Kremlin leader had not resisted the temptation to tackle Barack Obama and Francois Hollande: “I have the greatest respect for my American and French counterparts, but they are not nationals Syrian and therefore should not be involved in the choice of leaders of another country. ”
Echoing the words of the Russian president, a US official described a “shared desire” to find responses to the war in Syria that caused unprecedented migration crisis but found a real disagreement on the outcome of a possible political transition process.
Hours earlier, the two men had displayed their disagreements openly to the UN rostrum, accusing each other of having contributed to the tensions in the region.
In a speech centered on the power of diplomacy, examples of Iran and Cuba in support, Obama made clear that he had to prepare to turn the page Assad: “After so much bloodshed and carnage, there can be a return to the status quo before the war. ”
And in a clear reference to Moscow, he denounced the logic of supporting a “tyrant” who massacre of innocent children “under the pretext that the alternative would be” worse. ”
For Putin, conversely, the Syrian leader is a legitimate government with which refuse to cooperate would be a “huge mistake”.
“We must recognize that no one other than the armed forces of President (Syrian) really fight the Islamic State,” commented the head of the Kremlin who made his comeback to the General Assembly of the United Nations after ten years absence.
Russia offered Monday to the Security Council a resolution supporting a political and military coalition. This should also include Iran and the Syrian regime, explained to reporters the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.
Mr. Holland, who Sunday announced the first minting of France against the EI Syria has also reiterated on Monday, without giving any date that transition happening in Syria by the departure of the Syrian president.
Washington and about sixty European and Arab Sunni fly past year a military coalition strikes strongholds EI in Syria and Iraq. But all these military operations have not prevented jihadist organization to consolidate its positions or ruin its appeal.
At a meeting on the sidelines of the general meeting, Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have also shown their good agreement, especially in the Middle East, Rowhani ensuring that “relations between Iran and Russia were strengthened in the last two years. ”