For over twenty years, NATO has reached out to Russia to enhance cooperation on a multitude of topics. NATO was forced to redact that cooperation in September of 2014 when Russia militarily intervened in Ukraine. Zamir Kabulov, of the Russian Foreign Ministry, announced earlier today, that Russia would like to re-open relations with NATO and come to an agreement to cooperate on terrorism. His statement came around the time three militants were killed while attempting an assault on a police station in Novoselitskoye, Russia.
Novoselitskoye is located in the volatile North Caucus Region and near the Dagestan Republic. Dagestan has been the victim of an Islamic insurgency since 2009, and a burgeoning recruiting ground for Daesh [ISIS/ISIL].
Separate bomb attacks in Dagestan killed two police officers on March 30th. Russia has also been the subject of a number of Daesh threats over the liberation of Chechnya and Russia’s on-going military campaign in Syria.
The Syrian Prime Minister, Wael al-Halaki announced today that the Russian Air Force would support an upcoming joint-assault on Aleppo.