The Russian side believes that “air strikes will not solve the problem,” “it is necessary to form a coalition of like-minded people, including those, who will oppose the terrorist threat as armed ground forces.” “It is natural that these forces should include the Syrian and Iraqi armies and the Kurds,” said the Minister. He stressed that this statement expressed the essence of Mr. Putin’s initiative. According to diplomatic sources, Moscow sees it as crucial for the coalition to receive an approval of the UN Security Council. Incidentally, the Russian leader intends to devote special attention to this issue in his speech at the opening of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, in September.
Not surprisingly, Russia’s peace proposals in Doha were embraced by all Arab representatives, including Saudi Arabia.