On Wednesday The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Russian support for the government of Bashar al-Assad and its targeting of the Islamic State in Syria may lead to confrontation between the United States and Russia.

“These actions could provoke a further escalation of the conflict and lead to the loss of more innocent lives, increasing the flow of refugees and risking a confrontation with the anti-ISIS coalition operating in Syria,” Kerry told the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

The “anti-ISIS coalition operating in Syria” is comprised of the United States, Great Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.

The coalition is reportedly conducting airstrikes and providing intelligence on ISIS.

Israel has also said Russian support for the al-Assad government may lead to confrontations between its forces and the Russians.

Earlier this month Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov suggested talks between Russia and the United States on the situation in Syria after the United States voiced concerns over increasing Russian involvement in the country.

“I made clear that Russia’s continued support for Assad risks escalating the conflict and undermining our shared goal of fighting extremism if we do not also remain focused on finding the political solution,” Kerry said.


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