MOSCOW, December 17. A new Islamic coalition against the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG – banned in Russia) led by Saudi Arabia, will not wear anti-Russian character, even with the participation of Turkey. This opinion was expressed by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at a big press conference.
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“We don’t think this coalition will be to wear some sort of anti-Russian nature,” he said.
Commenting on the participation of Turkey, Putin stressed that the country Moscow “does not consider us a hostile government”. “They committed a hostile act against our aircraft, but to say that we treated Turkey as a hostile state, is not. We’d been spoiled – Yes, and don’t know how we’ll get out of this situation. Anyway, the ball is not on our side, and in Turkish”, – said the President of Russia.
He recalled that in the Islamic coalition included other countries, including Egypt.
With the Saudi Arabia, Russia have differences on the Syrian settlement, but there are points of contact. “We (Saudi Arabia) different approach to the resolution of the Syrian crisis on some elements, but there are common approaches. We are in contact with Saudi Arabia,” said the Russian leader, Recalling that he recently met with the king of that state, are held and contacts at other levels – the foreign Ministry, the Ministry of defense.
“We are now considering joint projects in the sphere of military-technical cooperation with Saudi Arabia, there’s a whole multi-billion dollar program, by the way. And we even thought that this anti-Russian rhetoric, the Alliance is created”, – said the Russian leader.
Simultaneously, Putin saw the creation of a separate coalition of Islamic countries, the signs of conflict between Riyadh and Washington.
“I actually don’t really understand what happened,” he said, Recalling that the United States has already formed an Alliance, which includes almost all countries of the new Islamic coalition, including Saudi Arabia. “What is missing? Why was it necessary to create a new Alliance if you’re Alliance, created under the leadership of the United States? Do they have some plan, or they have internal contradictions have arisen?” – noted Putin.
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“Can be, and contradictions” – said the President of the Russian Federation. In his words, “it is one thing regional interests of the regional powers, and another thing – the universal interest of combating terrorism.” “Europe suffers from the fact that there occurs in this region. What the terrible attacks we saw in Paris! The United States suffer – most recently, 14 people (in USA) was shot (by terrorists), and there is the threat of other terrorist attacks,” said the Russian head of state.
Putin concluded that in order to effectively fight terror, we must unite, “and not pilfer the opportunities before us”. “We must all join efforts in the fight against terrorist organizations, as they are called and what slogans they would not cover their activities,” he said. “I hope that this (Islamic) Alliance will act in the stream of common interests, and we will develop common approaches, rules and will establish effective joint action and joint effectively applied instrumentation”, – concluded the Russian leader.
“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).
Big press conference of Vladimir Putin. Text translation