Russian foreign ministry says Moscow could join international coalition against Islamic state
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov - AP

MOSCOW: Moscow could “theoretically” join the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq if its conditions are met, Interfax news agency quoted Ilya Rogachev, a director at the Russian foreign ministry, as saying on Friday.

Moscow wants its long-time ally Damascus to be included in the international efforts to combat IS and says any international military operation in Syria should have a United Nations mandate.

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