PARIS, 11 February. /Corr. Dmitry Gorokhov, Sergey Shcherbakov/. Terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in the Russian Federation) is a global threat to the existing world civilization. This opinion expressed in the report “War and peace in the XXI century”, which was presented on Wednesday in Paris on behalf of the international discussion club “Valdai” Russian expert Andrey Bystritsky.
“The so-called “Islamic state” challenges the established civilization itself, in principle and by denying moral, and political norms,” he said in an interview with correspondent.. According to experts, this threat is anti-systemic and has a “global character”. “Tragic events like November’s terrorist attacks in Paris (a responsibility they took on ISIS – ed.), unfortunately, there is no doubt, will be repeated in different parts of the world,” he said.
However, according to the Bystritsky, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the development and support of the international discussion club “Valdai” in favor of “tactical advantage” in Western countries there are “different solution to the problem of ISIS”. So, he believes that an obvious error was the statement of U.S. President Barack Obama, “open uravnavesil threat from Russia and Islamic state”. “It’s about the desire of the West to maintain its leading position in the international system, which will stimulate the desire of others to reach a similar level. However, the desire to reduce the required balance to the dichotomy West-non-West is already out of date, especially in the context of anti-systemic threats”, – the expert believes.
Evaluation of the role of Russia in France
A report prepared in the framework of the international discussion club “Valdai” aroused the most attention in Paris. “Russia decided to resist by all means our common enemy who tries to destroy modern civilization. It deserves our friendship and respect”, – said General Director of the Institute Diderot Dominique Lecour.
In turn, one of the historical founders of France’s ruling Socialist party, former Minister of defense and education Jean-Pierre Sevenman believes that in the future in international relations the big role play no unions and associations, and individual States. “The world is diverse, and it concerns the West. Europe form a country with its own interests. It is against the national interests of France and Russia were able to develop close cooperation”, – said the politician.
As an example of maintaining close ties between the two States, despite differences on certain issues, the participants cited the work of the Association “Franco-Russian dialogue”, as well as several other business and social associations. “We must maintain and strengthen the social base of bilateral relations to develop links between the business communities and political parties, to promote exchange between the youth, cultural cooperation, says the Russian Ambassador in France Alexander Orlov. – The challenges facing the world today require common effort.”
The basis for the Valdai discussion
The current report “War and peace in the twenty-first century” has sparked interest not only in Paris but also in Moscow, Vienna and London, where discussions were held on it before. The results of the debates will form the basis of a new study, the presentation of which is planned in late February – early March. It will be devoted to the problem of the image of IG in the international media, said Bystritsky.
International discussion club “Valdai” was created in 2004. Over the years, attended by over 900 representatives of the global scientific community from 62 countries. In the framework of the annual meetings of the club members traditionally meet with the Russian President and other senior officials of the country.
“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).
The Islamic state in Iraq and Syria
The territory under the control of militants, foreign mercenaries in the ranks of the terrorist group and the largest terrorist attacks of the IG – infographic