US urges Russia to join efforts to counter Iran

# 18:49
22 May 2019

The war of words between the US and Iran intensified earlier in the month after the Pentagon deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force near Iran in response to what Washington called a potential threat from Tehran, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

Speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS James Jeffrey called on Russia to influence Syria's President Bashar al-Assad into ordering the withdrawal of Iranian forces from the country.

The senior official proceeded by saying that Russia and the US had common interests in Syria.