Reuters | U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands after a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 12, 2018.

Russian ambassador to the United States, Vassily Nebenzia, on Wednesday said Moscow is not ready to back the U.S.-led anti-China coalition, but rather wants French and British participation in talks on reducing tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program.


Russia is continuing to intervene in Syria, but its intervention is better supervised by U.N. monitors who have monitors in the war-torn country, the ambassador told the Washington Post.

“We have lost contact with the Syrians and their reluctance to be counted as victims in the conflict. It is not our intention to develop a campaign of war on others, but we have to bring some form of control over that self-glorifying game,” Nebenzia told the paper.

After a high-level meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he hoped the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group was flexible on its continued presence in Syria, where it has been fighting Moscow-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for five years.

And British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Britain is sending three new frigates to the Gulf states in the Middle East and Europe, in line with his government’s intention to become the first European country to take part in a new naval exercise.

“We’re sending three frigates, which make them a strong deterrent for us,” he told Sky News.

He added the move came after earlier increased Chinese activity on the border of the Western Sea, where British border guards said they had seen several vessels practice their landing ramping up their speed.