Kurilla: The problem is that Russia and the US mean different things when they talk about the fight against terrorism in Syria

PONARS Eurasia
17 May 2017

(NYTimes) MOSCOW — President Trump’s acknowledgment that he shared intelligence on terrorism with Russia was something of a coup for President Vladimir V. Putin, whose mantra about forging a global alliance to fight violent extremists never gained much traction in the West. [...]

“The problem is that both Russia and the U.S. mean different things when they talk about the fight against terrorism in Syria,” said Ivan Kurilla, an expert on Russian-American relations at the European University at St. Petersburg. “The question is whether they will try to bridge the gap in their understanding.”

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