Slutsky considers the accession to the NATO coalition led by the U.S. an act of moral support

MOSCOW, may 26. /TASS/. The Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky said the decision to join the NATO coalition in Syria in U.S.-led formal “act of moral support.”

“Non-combat” joining NATO the coalition headed by the USA in Syria – an act of rather moral support all its actions. In fact, NATO countries are already real members of this coalition since its inception. Therefore, the “non-combat” status of joining NATO is actually a political formality,” said Slutsky reporters, commenting on the last NATO summit in Brussels.

According to Slutsky, “videoconferencing – as the only foreign military forces that are legitimate in Syria at the request of the authorities and lead the fight against international terrorism on its territory”. “Russia has repeatedly called for the creation of a wide coalition against the Islamic state and “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (a terrorist organization banned in Russia). Our task is to eliminate the hotbed of terrorism in Syria, not to interfere in its political system”, – said the head of the Committee.

However, he added, “the West while it continues to go in your own fairway”. “And the consequences of such a course, unfortunately, we see in Manchester, Paris, London, Brussels and other European cities, where over the past year there have been terrible terrorist attacks”, – has concluded Slutsky.

Late the previous evening about the decision of NATO to join the coalition headed by the USA, conducting the operation against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, declared the Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg. This statement he made, speaking at a press conference on the outcome of the Brussels summit.

Until now, NATO as an organization was not a member of the coalition, but she was assisted on a partnership basis. The Alliance carries out regular surveillance flights of AWACS aircraft along the Syrian border with Turkey and along the coast, without entering the Syrian airspace. In addition, NATO carries out preparation of officers for the Iraqi army.