Matvienko: Turkey puts its interests above the goals of the world community on fight against ISIS


ST. PETERSBURG, November 27. Turkey showed by their actions that puts its interests above the common goal of world community to combat terrorist group “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia). This opinion was expressed by the speaker of the Light Federation, Chairman of the Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly (IPA) of the CIS Valentina Matvienko.

“Russia has no other interests in Syria, but to defeat ISIL (Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant – the former name of ISIS) and to secure a peaceful political process to resolve the crisis. In some countries, including Turkey, have other interests which they consider above overall objective of the international community – to deal with ISIL,” he said.

“Today revealed more factors and examples of what Turkey is interested. This is unacceptable actions, criminal actions, and they should be condemned by the international community,” she added.

According to Matvienko, the current situation “clearly shows the world who is interested in the fight against international terrorism and the ISIL, and who, if not an ally, supports the actions of ISIS”.

“ISLAMIC STATE”

“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).

About the relations with Russia

Turkey has done everything to destroy mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia, says Valentina Matvienko.

“We treated Turkey as our neighbor, partner as to a friendly country, developing mutually beneficial economic cooperation. Turkey has done everything to destroy this mutually beneficial cooperation with the Russian Federation,” she said today at a press conference in the framework of the session of the IPA CIS in St. Petersburg.

According to the speaker, it is a result of not only the incident itself, when the Russian su-24 bomber was shot down by a fighter from the Turkish air force, but the reaction that followed. “Of course, the Russian side was entitled to expect that it would conduct a serious, thorough investigation, measures will be taken to prevent such actions that the Turkish side will apologize to Russia. Nothing, it’s just picaresque statements, confusing, unclear,” – said Matvienko.

A fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 on Tuesday shot down a Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.

The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for Russian-Turkish relations. According to the head of state, the Turkish air force attack on the Russian plane, which was involved in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, is a “stab in the back” of Russia.