Russia, US discuss ‘escalating’ US-Russia military conflict


Moscow, December 2 – The US and Russia have discussed “escalating” the situation in Syria and have agreed to continue military cooperation, a Kremlin statement said on Wednesday. 

The statement did not say how the two sides would resolve the conflict, but it was likely a reference to the Russian intervention in Syria last month. 

“This step was taken at a meeting of the UN Security Council (US) and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) on Wednesday,” it said.

The UNDP is the UN’s development agency that was created in 1948 to help developing countries. 

US Secretary of State John Kerry had said on Thursday that Moscow had agreed to help the US with its air campaign in Syria in return for Russian support in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). 

Russia and the US have fought several wars since the start of the Syrian civil war, but have not fought together since Moscow’s intervention.

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