Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, pauses during a Bloomberg Television interview in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Relations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama are very pragmatic and there's a "need for normalcy" between the two countries, Lavrov said. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Sergei Lavrov

Russia rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s assertion that Iran is the world’s “number one terrorist” nation, and said that the government in Tehran should be part of a proposed coalition to fight against Islamic State.
“All those who see Islamic State as an existential threat should start to act in a coordinated manner and I’m sure that if we look objectively at potential members of this coalition, Iran should, of course, be part of our joint efforts,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday.
Trump labelled Iran as the top sponsor of state terrorism in an interview with Fox News broadcast Sunday, adding: “They are sending money all over the place, weapons.” Russia doesn’t agree with this characterization and values its “friendly” relations with Iran, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday on a conference call with reporters.
The exchange marks the first major disagreement between President Vladimir Putin and the new …
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