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MOSCOW, September 29./TASS/. President Vladimir Putin’s initiative to set up an international coalition to fight Islamic State and terrorism on the whole was timely, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Tuesday.
Russia suggests "a concrete and feasible plan of action on the basis of principles of international law, Security Council decision," Valentina Matviyenko wrote in her blog on the official website of the upper house of Russian parliament.
"Russia comes out with the initiative to hold a special ministerial session of the Security Council to have comprehensive analysis of the situation in the Middle East and coordinate a resolution on that," Matviyenko said in the blog, hailing the initiative as "utterly timely".
She said work on that initiative would show who indeed wanted to do away with IS in collective effort, and who intended to keep using that force to shake loose the situation in the Middle East, ouster unwanted regimes and keep fishing in troubled waters."
"This way or another, but further advance in the issues of fight against Islamic State has certain prospects," the speaker said.
The current 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly has given hope for de-escalation of tensions in international relations, Valentina Matviyenko went on to say.
"Maybe it is too early to draw far-reaching conclusions about the consequences of the recent developments. But it is obvious that they have given rise to hope for de-escalation of tension in international relations. And such hopes are not illusive," she wrote in her blog on the Federation Council’s official website, commenting on the current session of the United Nations General Assembly.
She noted that the latest meeting between the Russian and US presidents was a proof to that. "It looks like Washington is growing aware that there is no solution to any problem, either anti-terrorist efforts, or the Syrian settlement, or the situation in the Middle East in general, or the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, or other pressing problems , without Russia, without dialogue with Russia," she said.
According to Matviyenko, despite the lack of breakthrough in relations between Russia and the United States, the two powers are obviously on a path towards a thaw. "So far, we cannot speak about any dramatic breakthrough in the relations between our countries. But the tendency towards a thaw in the relations is felt," she underscored.