Lavrov will discuss on 10-11 December in Rome the fight against ISIS, the situation in Syria, Libya and Ukraine


MOSCOW, December 9. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov will visit on December 10-11, Italy, where he will discuss with the leadership of this country the fight against “Islamic state” and the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition.

“The negotiations will be analysed topical foreign policy themes, including the fight against ISIL (“Islamic state” is a terrorist group banned in Russia – approx.TASS) – the situation in Syria, in Libya, Ukraine, – informed the Russian dipvedomstva. – The Russian side will focus on the necessity to unite efforts of the international community to suppress global terrorist threat, in accordance with the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, cooperation in this area on the basis of principles and norms of international law, the UN Charter, without politicization and double standards”.

The international coalition against “Islamic state”

The international coalition against ISIS was formed on the initiative of the USA on the NATO summit held on 4-5 September 2014 in Wales (UK). By this time, the militants controlled a quarter of Syria and a third of Iraq and declared the creation of the occupied territories of the Islamic Caliphate.

The U.S. air force launched the first air strikes on is positions in Iraq on 8 August 2014 (the “Unwavering commitment” Inherent Resolve).

On September 19, the operation joined France, September 26 – Denmark, 30 September – UK, October 5 – Australia, 6 October – Belgium and the Netherlands, October 7 – Canada.

After the militants were active on Syrian territory, the question arose about the intervention of international forces in the situation in that country. Syrian foreign Ministry announced that it would consider any US military intervention as an aggression. Despite this, on 23 September the US air force launched strikes from the air is positions on Syrian territory. Then the U.S. joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, while Qatar and Bahrain have provided military assistance and logistical support.