(The ISSG Statement can be found at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/02/252428.htm)
Ray pointed to the demonstrable benefits of Russia-U.S. cooperation in recent years, particularly with regard to Syria. He reminded the TV audience that this kind of cooperation prevented an overt U.S. attack on Syria in September 2013, when President Putin persuaded Assad to let Syria’s chemical weapons be destroyed.
Ray also noted the very large flies in the ointment –Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. He emphasized the need for Washington – with a united voice – to talk Turkey, so to speak, to the leaders of all three of countries to get them to curtail their support for the terrorists largely responsible for the continuing human catastrophe in Syria.