White House: No Conflict With Russian Interests in Syria
Russia's interests in Syria are not at cross purposes with other countries as Moscow shares similar concerns over extremism, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday.
"It is clear, as some of the coverage over the last 48 hours indicates, that the interests of the Russians in Syria are not in complete conflict with the interests of the rest of the world," Earnest stated.
"The Russians certainly have their concerns about further volatility in an already dangerous region of the world, particularly in a country that essentially has functioned as a client state of theirs and where Russia has significant investments," he said.
Earnest reiterated that Washington said that additional Russian support for the Assad regime would be "destabilizing and counterproductive."
"So that's why we, in our conversations, we have urged the Russians to consider how they could constructively coordinate their efforts with the more than 60-member coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL," he concluded.
In recent days, Russia has confirmed that it is assisting the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad in an effort to combat ISIL terrorists. Following the news, Western media began reporting on Russia's alleged military buildup in Syria.
Russia has been engaged in international efforts to solve the ongoing civil war in Syria, as well as provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.
The presidents of the United States and Russia may discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria.