Russian FM Lauds U.S.-Led Anti-IS Coalition

MOSCOW (AP) -
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaking at the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference Forum in Rome on Friday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaking at the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference Forum in Rome on Friday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lauded the U.S.-led coalition for intensifying its airstrikes on the positions of Islamic State terrorists.

Lavrov said during a news conference in Rome on Friday that Moscow is glad to see that the Western coalition has “intensified its activities” a few months after Russia launched its campaign in Syria. Lavrov said he was pleased to see the United States and its allies target oil facilities and trucks in the IS-controlled territories.

The U.S., Russia and regional powers are expected to gather at the United Nations on Dec. 18 for a planned international diplomatic meeting on Syria, at which the U.N. Security Council expects to adopt a resolution in support of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.