Lavrov: an understanding of the need of the international coalition in the fight against terrorism is growing

VIENNA, 14 November. Understanding the need for broad international coalition against terrorism is growing, a pre-condition is inappropriate here.

This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

“It’s clear that yesterday’s horror in Paris should convince the last skeptic that terrorism cannot be justified by anything, but nothing can be justified, our passivity in the struggle against this evil,” said Lavrov.

“It seems that more and more strengthened awareness of the need to create the most effective, comprehensive international coalition in the fight against ISIS and other terrorists mentioned by President Putin. No prerequisites in this regard is absolutely inappropriate,” he said.

The fate of Assad

The participants of the meeting in Vienna confirmed that the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be resolved only by the Syrian people, Lavrov said

“We reaffirmed the principles agreed to in Vienna on 30 October on how the participants see the future of the Syrian state. Confirmed that the future of Syria will be decided by the Syrian people. It concerns the fate of Assad, and any other politician in the country”, – said Lavrov.


A series of terrorist attacks occurred on Friday evening in Paris and the Metropolitan suburb of Saint-Denis at the Stade de France, which hosted the football match between France and Germany, in the concert hall Bataclan. According to recent reports, the attack made eight terrorists, seven of whom blew themselves up using a belt with explosives. Another was killed by police. In connection with the incident, President Francois Hollande announced the introduction in the country of state of emergency and the introduction of intensified control of crossing the state borders. He later stated that the responsibility for the attack bears the terrorist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia).

According to the latest data, the victims of the tragedy were about 130 people. Another 250 people were wounded, 99 of them are in critical condition.

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