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Russia considers joining anti-IS airstrikes

Russia is considering whether to join the US and its allies in conducting airstrikes at Islamic State targets.

Mr Putin spoke to Barack Obama on the sidelines at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday. However the speeches at the meeting highlighted the differences in opinions of how to end the conflict.

While Russia said it would be an “enormous mistake” not to work with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to tackle IS, the US and France have both stated that President Assad must go.

Russia would conduct airstrikes against IS, but only if the strikes were approved by the UN, they have also ruled out Russian troops taking part in ground operations in Syria.

 

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