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Shoigu: West Is Not Able to Unite to Fight Terrorism

07.06.2017 17:33

The West is unable to overcome differences in order to form a common anti-terrorist front, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.

"The focus should be on combating international terrorism, which in a short period of time has morphed into the greatest threat to global security", Shoigu said addressing a meeting of the defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, held in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana. "The situation has been deteriorating because of numerous regional conflicts all over the world and the West’s inability to overcome differences and ensure that a common anti-terrorist front is formed", Shoigu stressed.

According to the Russian defense minister, Syria remains the frontline in the war against international terrorism. "This is where the main forces of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) are active, this is the command center that operates militant gangs", he noted. "Since 2015, Russia has been fighting against radical Islamist groups, based on the request of Syria’s legitimate government, in order to prevent them from advancing into the SCO member states", Shoigu said.

Shoigu stressed that Russia’s Aerospace Force had succeeded "in significantly damaging the militants’ capabilities".

"The Syrian troops supported by the Russian Aerospace Force continue to combat the Islamic State and Jahbat al-Nusra units", Shoigu noted. "Thanks to the activities of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides, the area included in the ceasefire agreement has been expanding. Authorities of more than 1,500 settlements have abandoned the fight against the government forces", Shoigu concluded.