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Lavrov: Russia's national interests connected with Mideast situation

September 02, 2013, 15:56 UTC+3
The minister noted that national security of countries in the region was seriously harmed after the intrusion into Iraq
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

MOSCOW, September 2 (Itar-Tass) - Russia's national interests are connected with affairs in the Middle East, including in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

The minister noted that national security of countries in the region was seriously harmed after the intrusion into Iraq and after what happened in Libya. From Libya, according to the statistics, illegal weapons and militants had spread to at least 12 countries. National security there was affected by the main evil of terrorism, he said.

"Wherever you look - Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria - terrorists have become more active and feel comfortable enough," he noted.

"We have long felt the negative influence of activity from the terrorist international, whose representatives try through Afghanistan and uncontrolled areas in Pakistan to penetrate into Central Asia, the region of our allies, and through their territory to us," Lavrov said.

"It is a common denominator that must unite us, if in our interpretation of national security we put human lives in first place," he added.

"We must say for ourselves that we will be guided in our policy in the region and other regions not by personal preferences, sympathies and antipathies, but principles of fighting against those who support, finance and promote terrorist methods to achieve political aims."

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