Trump likely to reduce US-Russia tensions: Analyst

Trump likely to reduce US-Russia tensions: Analyst

Tue Nov 1, 2016 3:17AM

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is likely to reduce tensions between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis if he wins the 2016 presidential election.

The so-called US-led coalition has purportedly been targeting terrorist groups in the country without any UN authorization since 2014.

At the request of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has been conducting air raids on Daesh terrorists in the country and has so far been able to target many of them.

The Russian move, however, has angered the US and its allies that have been supporting foreign-trained militants fighting against the Assad government.

In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Alan Sabrosky said that “the deterioration in US-Russian relations is very real and the immediate point of division is Syria.”

He said that the soured relations between the two countries would get even worse if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is elected president.

“My suspicion is that Trump would be less inclined to push this confrontation, he thinks the United States and Russia have more in common than they do in hostility and Clinton will push confrontation with Russia.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently said that if the US fails to separate so-called moderate opposition groups in Syria, it will become an “accomplice” of the terrorists.

Lavrov, however, noted that that US cannot separate the moderates from the terrorists, adding, in fact, that it does not want to.

Moscow has long said that anti-government militants in Syria should leave the areas held by terrorists, which are targeted in the Russian air campaign.

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