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After Paris attacks will US and Russia find common cause in Syria

Pentagon finally resolved to acknowledge success of Russian airstrikes for the first time since the beginning of Russian raids on September, 30.

Latest assails of ISIS extremists in Paris and its results “may be nudging Moscow and Washington closer together”, concludes James Rosen in his article for McClathyDC.

Pentagon spokesperson admitted that the Russian missiles quite possibly occurred in the territory held by the Islamic State and added that any Russian attempts directed to damage Syrian terrorists groups are appreciated.

According to an aviation safety agreement concluded between America and Russia, Moscow is obliged to supply the U.S. headquarters with information containing secret details of combat operations against ISIS beforehand. The two countries have established distinguished radio lines that are intended to provide forehanded communication between Russian and American pilots and their military leaders in order to avoid mid-air accidents since the aircrafts of both countries use the same air space over Raqqa, Syria.

Throughout several weeks the Pentagon has been denouncing attacks of Russian air missiles asserting that those attacks were arranged for moderate opposition who has been fighting against Bashar Assad. It is reported that the Syrian opposition was backed by the U.S. which provided armament and training for revolutionists.

Shortly after unspeakable incident in Paris, the Foreign Ministry of Russia expressed its condolences by posting an image where the peace sign against the background of French flag was adjusted to match the outline of Tupolev Tu-160, a main bombardier of Russian air force. French ambassador in Russia showed gratitude and concluded that the collective anti-terroristic actions of Russia and France might as well lead to triumph of freedom.

On Monday France invoked the U.S. and Russia to stop fighting and to unite in efforts against terrorism.

On Tuesday Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia, offered his commiseration at the French embassy in Moscow.

“The vile plans of the Islamic State must be stopped,” Rosen cites Lavrov’s words. In his opinion, there is one way to cope with the growing danger of terrorism and it is to stride over rage and misery and to combine forces.

The resolution of Russian Federal Security Service precipitated Russian air attacks in Syria: it was disclosed that Russian Metrojet incident resulted in 224 deaths in Sinai was a consequence of a terrorist attack. As reported to President of Russia by head of the department, Alexander Bortnikov, a handcrafted explosive has been illegally transferred on the board of the airship. Before long it was announced that the ISIS branch in Egypt took the charges for the accident.

The brutal plane crash was treated in Russia as an act of war, and Russia immediately called for other nations to unite in the name of worldwide terrorism annihilation. Moscow initiated the completion of a war resolution which would draw control over anti-ISIS campaign from the U.S.

Many in Congress have got interested lately in feasible Moscow and American connection and there is still a possibility that Russia would be included in the U.S. coalition against ISIS but American officials find Russia’s support of Bashar Assad prejudicial.

History offers us many examples of productive relationships that were built upon national emergencies, for example the U.S. and the Soviet Union coalition during WWII. Even those who have advocated for harsher sanctions on Russia admitted that the time has come to shelve the ideological differences. For instance, Senator Dan Coats, who was shortly after banned from visiting Russia. “I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to go on vacation with my family in Siberia” Rosen cited Coats’ statement.

EXPERT OPINION

Normunds Grostins

Counter strike President Vladimir Putin on Nov 17 ordered Russia’s armed forces to co-ordinate with the French military as “allies” in Syria. President Hollande echoed Putin’s calls for an anti-terror coalition. “There must be a union of all those who truly want to fight against this terrorist army as part of one big coalition,” Hollande said. “It’s with this goal in mind that I will meet in the coming days President Obama and President Putin to join forces and achieve a result that has been postponed for too long.” Is this a significant shift in strategy over Syria in the face of the shared threat from Islamic terrorism? Yes, it is. For now.
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