© RIA Novosti / Natalia Seliverstova
Russia is ready to work with all interested countries in establishing an international coalition against terrorism, which could unite in its ranks the different forces on the basis of common values, said Sunday the Deputy Minister of defence of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General Alexander Fomin, speaking at the ongoing International conference on security issues in Asia-Pacific, “Shangri-La dialogue.”
According to him, “terrorism has become a global threat, and no state today can position itself as completely protected from the actions of terrorists.”
The Deputy Minister noted that “assessment of the situation and a comprehensive programme of action on combating international terrorism proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of the UN General Assembly in September 2015”. The bottom line is “to create an international coalition against terrorism, which could unite in its ranks the different forces on the basis of common values and international law, guided by the principles of the UN Charter,” said Fomin. He also stressed that Russia “is ready to work in this direction with all interested countries”.
The Deputy head of the defense Ministry stressed that “attempts to interfere in the Affairs of sovereign countries bypassing international law, the imposition of recipes of internal transformation without taking into account traditions and national characteristics lead only to the degradation of the situation, increasing the overall tension in the world.” All this, according to him, “is creating and nurturing a whole range of international security challenges, among which a special place is terrorism.” Fomin also noted that “particularly demonstrated by recent events in the middle East and North Africa, where on the basis of the arisen vacuum of power and lawlessness, unparalleled strength gained by terrorist groups, primarily the “Islamic state.”*
*A terrorist organization banned in Russia.