Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, has again reiterated his support for Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, saying the latter is fighting terrorist organisations, and Russia “will be pleased to find common ground for joint action against the terrorists”.
In a television interview in the United States (US), Mr. Putin also called for a regional “coordinating structure” against Islamic State (IS).
The crisis in Syria is expected to top the agenda as world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.
Mr. Putin will also hold rare talks with the US President, Barack Obama, to discuss the issue later on Monday.
Relations between Russia and the West have been strained ever since Moscow’s annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.