Will US lift anti-Russian sanctions after defeating ISIS?
The joint fight of Washington and Moscow against ISIS is the first step towards lifting the sanctions against Russia, the White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
According to him, there is an area in which we've got to work with them if we're going to defeat ISIS.
Spicer added that they have not made any decisions on sanctions, but the US president Donald Trump will continue to have conversations and his team will continue to lease with with Russian officials.
"He (Trump) is going to work with Russia, or any other country, for that matter. If we can come up with a plan or partner with them in any way to defeat ISIS, then we're going to do it," Spicer said in an interview on ABC News.
A military observer of the TASS news agency, retired Colonel Viktor Litovkin, speaking with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, noted in the first place that Russia and the US can defeat the ISIS terrorist group only by working together.
At the same time, the expert admitted that Moscow and Washington can actually become allies on this issue. According to him, this can happen if the United States stops using ISIS to overthrow unwanted leaders of the Arab states.
The military observer of the TASS news agency also told about how the Russian-US cooperation in the fight against ISIS could be carried out. "For example, we carry out strikes and they hold a ground operation. And we also have Turkey, Iran and the Syrian government army, which also may be involved in this fight. It would be possible to withdraw US troops from the Baltic States and Eastern Europe and send them to the Middle East, to engage in the fight against a more serious threat of ISIS, instead of making up different myths about the Russian military threat," he said.
In addition, he noted that the Iranian-US conflict will not affect the fight against ISIS. "The Islamic Republic does not seek to cooperate with the US, but it will cooperate with the Syrian government army. Russia will cooperate with both the Syrian military army and the United States. It is not necessary for the Americans and the Iranians to be in contact. We have a center in Baghdad, which involves both Russian and American officers, as well as the Syrian and Iraqi officers. And when they want to work, they work all together," the expert reminded.
At the same time, the expert drew attention to the fact that we should not relive in the abolition of the anti-Russian sanctions, since Russia is America's political, economic and military rival. "Russia's development is unprofitable for the US, because it can get ahead of them in many ways. Americans do not want it, so they do everything possible to slow down the development of Russia," Viktor Litovkin summed up.
The President of the National Strategy Institute, Mikhail Remizov, in turn, stressed that the Syrian crisis is the point of the Russian-American agenda, on which a true rapprochement and cooperation between the parties are possible. "Both presidents are interested in the successful fight against ISIS and other terrorist groups, as well as in working out an acceptable strategy of a withdrawal from the conflict. Despite all the difficulties of the Syrian conflict, an interaction is possible here, also because Russia has strong positions there, and the United States - interests," he said.
At the same time the scope of the fight against international terrorism is still divided into the American and Russian zones. "The US has an Iraqi responsibility sector, and Russia - the Syrian one. Synchronized actions in both zones, accompanied by sequential pressure on regional powers and potential sponsors of terrorist groups, can give a desired effect. Of course, this effect does not imply a definitive solution to the issue of terrorism in the Middle East, but such an effect, as the destruction of a particular group and liberation of territories controlled by it, is possible," Mikhail Remizov concluded.