The Russian Federation calls on countries to revise the “shortsighted policy” of refusing joint struggle against ISIS


The UN, on October 22. /Corr. Oleg Zelenin/. Russia urges the countries participating in the campaign against the terrorist group “Islamic state” (is prohibited in the Russian Federation – approx.TASS), to revise the “policy of refusal” from the pooling of efforts and to engage in constructive work on the draft resolution of the UN Security Council. This was stated by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation at the world organization Vitaly Churkin.

He recalled that Russia has made in the SA of the draft resolution, the main purpose of which is to combine efforts in the fight against terrorism. “We call on all to engage in constructive work on our proposal, it is important to reconsider the short-sighted policy of refusing joint struggle against terrorism, expressed, in particular, in the rejection of the joint determination of objectives, the destruction of which would undermine the fighting capacity of ISIS and other organizations,” the diplomat said.

According to him, the threat posed by ISIS “became intolerable” in this connection Russia on request of the Syrian authorities, on 30 September commenced drawing air and missile strikes on the positions of groups in Syria. Russia’s permanent representative stressed that the elimination of the terrorist threat “requires collective approaches based on norms and principles of international law and the UN Charter”. “To address this acute problem should be put aside niperotidine political disagreements,” he said.

Earlier at the security Council meeting, U.S. permanent representative to the UN Samantha Power claimed that the ongoing Russian military operation in Syria led to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria, and also benefit the terrorist group “Islamic state”. According to her, the purpose of the Russian attacks are civilian infrastructure and groups that oppose ISIS.

Russia has repeatedly denied such accusations from the U.S. and other countries, the patron of the Syrian opposition, stating that the aim of the strikes are only the objects associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups. The chief of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Russian armed forces Andrei Kartapolov told reporters that since the beginning of operations in Syria were committed 934 sorties, during which 819 were destroyed objects of terrorists.

Churkin also noted that Moscow hopes that Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Qatar, UAE and other countries in the near future will connect to the consultations that will take place on 23 October in Vienna with the participation of heads of foreign policy departments of Russia, USA, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

“We attach great importance to the upcoming October 23 meeting in Vienna of foreign Ministers of Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Hope. to this format in the near future will connect other countries, in particular Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Qatar, United Arab Emirates”, – he said.

According to him, Russia’s contacts at the highest level with the countries of the region and other key players dedicated to “sustainable settlement of the conflict in Syria.” “There is no alternative to political settlement was confirmed during the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin met with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad on 20 October in Moscow”, – said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation. He stressed that Russia “is ready to contribute not only to combating terrorism but also in promoting the political process, so that Syria has become a country dominated by security and stability, peaceful coexistence of different religious groups and faiths”.