Putin offers condolences over UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 21:21
Russia’s Foreign Ministry lost outstanding diplomat — spokeswoman on UN envoy’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 20:54
Russia's ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin diesRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 20:24
Antimonopoly service orders Apple to open official service center in Russia by May 1Business & Economy February 20, 20:18
Russian experts made no firm conclusions on resumption of flights to Egypt in near futureBusiness & Economy February 20, 20:03
Foreign Ministry elaborates draft presidential decree toughening North Korea sanctionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 19:56
Russia and UAE to discuss upgrade of Pantsyr-S antiaircraft missile/gun systemsMilitary & Defense February 20, 18:26
Russia signs large contract on delivery of T-90MS main battle tanks to Middle EastMilitary & Defense February 20, 18:13
Russian combat engineers complete mission in Syria’s AleppoMilitary & Defense February 20, 17:59
WASHINGTON, September 23. /TASS/. Interim solution for Syria should allow President Bashar Assad to stay, at least for some time, former US Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson told the Real News Network.
"I hope Tehran, Ankara, Moscow, and Washington are all talking in this vein," Wilkerson said. "I recently had an opportunity to talk to a person at the secretary of state level, on that floor, who indicated to me that that might possibly be going on. I hope it is, because that's the only way we're going to stop this," he noted.
"The core element within ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, are the Sunnis we disenfranchised, disempowered in Iraq, and forced to go onto the battlefield again," he continued. "We want to stop the killing. We want to stop the now increasing destabilization of some key allies by all these refugees that are heading out of Syria. We want to get the situation under control, stabilize it, and somehow turn it around so it's more positive," Wilkerson said.
"It also will impact Iraq. It will impact Afghanistan. And ultimately it will impact this growing rapprochement with Iran, which can handle a lot more of these problems," he stressed.
Wilkerson said an important part was reaching an "interim political solution and we all admit Assad has to stay around, at least for a time, for that interim political solution."
Islamic State extremist organization
The Islamic State is an extremist organization banned in Russia. In 2013-2014, it called itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In June 2014, IS announce the establishment of the "Islamic caliphate" on the territories seized in Iraq and Syria. According to US’ Central Intelligence Agency, the extremist group includes around 30,000 people, while Iraqi authorities claim there are around 200,000 in IS. Among members of the group are citizens of 80 countries, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, US, Canada, as well as Russia and other CIS countries. According to reports, militants now control around 40% of the Iraqi territory and 50% of the Syrian territory.