Russia to Collaborate With U.S. Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Raqqa, Syria

Foreign Minister Lavrov says 'we are ready to coordinate our actions with the Americans.'

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, a volunteer fighter with the Syrian Government forces sits atop a tank in the province of Raqqa, Syria.

REUTERS - Russia is ready to coordinate its actions with the U.S.-led coalition in Syria to push ISIS out of Raqqa, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

"We are ready to coordinate our actions with the Americans, because Raqqa is in the eastern part of Syria, and the American coalition is mainly ... acting there," Interfax quoted Lavrov as saying in an interview with the Ren-TV television channel.

"Perhaps, this is no secret, if I say that at some stage the Americans suggested performing a 'division of labor': the Russian Air Forces should concentrate on the liberation of Palmyra, and the American coalition with Russian support will focus on the liberation of Raqqa," the minister added.