U.S., Russia To Increase Intelligence Sharing Over ISIS, Paris Talk Signals Improving U.S.-Russia Relations

By | Oct 14, 2014 11:30 PM EDT
U.S.-Russia Relations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a meeting discussing the Ukraine crisis at the Conference on International Support to Libya, in Rome on March 6, 2014.(Photo : Reuters/Landov)

The United States and Russia on Tuesday agreed to increase intelligence sharing concerning the Islamic State in the Middle East and other global security threats in a talk that signals improving U.S.-Russia relations.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced after a three-hour meeting in Paris with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that Moscow is willing to share intelligence and resources with Washington in the fight against global terrorism.

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Speaking to reporters after the talk, Kerry confirmed Moscow's preparedness to work with Washington in removing the Islamic State terror group that threatens to expand its lethal advance against Syrian and Iraqi populations.

Kerry also said Moscow has already provided arms and weapons and could potentially augment military training and advising for Iraqi troops in the future.

In a separate media conference, Lavrov verified that Russia has agreed to cooperate with the U.S. and its allies to crush the Islamic State terror threat in the Middle East, according to The Associate d Press.

Lavrov also indicated of improving U.S.-Russia relations despite still having "differences of opinion" over Ukraine and the coalition airstrikes in Syria.

He emphasized that he and Kerry are not representatives of "warring sides" and that both countries have particular roles in resolving security problems that beset the international community.

The two diplomats agree that the jihadist group "has absolutely no place in the 21st century" and that no civilized country should allow the terror group to perpetrate its horrors.

Kerry told reporters that both U.S. and Russia are looking into areas where they "can find the capacity together to make a difference," The Wall Street Journal reported. 

The announcement signals thawing of tensions between U.S. and Russia which have earlier this year enraged the international community for annexing Crimea, a Ukranian territory, the newspaper observed. 

The Paris talks also touched on the future of Iran's nuclear program ahead of a new round of negotiations in Vienna next month. 

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