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Russian diplomat says global anti-terrorist coalition may be set up soon

The Russian envoy to UN said Moscow and Washington were making weighed-out steps in the process of adoption of any decisions on Syria
Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin EPA/JASON SZENES
Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin

MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. A global coalition for fighting terrorism in Syria may be set up very soon, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told RT TV channel on Wednesday.

When the anchorwoman of the show 'SophieCo' asked him whether the first signs of a rising global coalition could already be seen, Churkin said he thought the international community would soon get very close to the implementation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposals if the Geneva Accords started working.

He said representatives of Russia and the US were making weighed-out steps in the process of adoption of any decisions on Syria.

According to Churkin, Russian and US politicians likewise were pragmatic enough and they realized the stakes were too high. Last but not least, they proceeded from support of the interests of their nations and were doing everything in their power for the solution of international problems.

It is important to focus on pressing problems right now, he said.

President Putin, who addressed the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in 2015, called on the global community to set up an international anti-terrorist coalition with inclusion of Islamic countries in it.

At the end of last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Geneva where they reached agreement on a package of five documents laying the groundwork for a ceasefire in Syria and for a resumption of the political process in the war-torn country.

The documents include accords on separation of the political opposition from terrorist groupings, the procedures for response to encroachments on the ceasefire and the issues of relief supplies.

Ceasefire cameinto effect in Syria as of 7pm hours local time (4pm hours UTC) in line with the accords reached in Geneva. It is believed that the peace and quiet order may continue beyond the one-week period agreed upon initially.