Interfax: Cooperation with USA, Saudis against ISIS possible – top Russian diplomat

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(Interfax – Moscow, November 9, 2015)

Russia, Saudi Arabia and the USA can cooperate to fight ISIS and other terrorists in the Middle East if there is mutual interest in this, says special envoy of the Russian president for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov.

“As regards the trilateral format of cooperation on the antiterror track which you mention, coordination of this kind is certainly possible, given the understanding that all parties in this triangle will be really interested in creating this mechanism and ensuring its successful operation,” he said answering a question on the subject in an interview to the Russian View magazine.

In Bogdanov’s words, “the ISIS phenomenon has become cross-border, international, and no country in the world is currently guaranteed against the emergence of radical elements within its borders identifying themselves with this group”.

“This objectively pushes our countries to! wards a more trusting dialogue on counterterrorism matters. These contacts do take place, and they do bear fruit,” he added.