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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Last weekend’s Paris massacre may well have replays elsewhere if the international community fails to present a common front against terrorism, polled experts have told TASS.
The deputy chairman of the international affairs committee of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament), Andrey Klimov, believes that after the Paris shock politicians have developed deeper awareness of the problem of "scattered terrorism" and "sleeping cells" of the Islamic State, but have not derived the proper conclusions so far.
"After 9/11 in New York and last Friday’s Paris attacks a great deal was and is still being said to the effect the world has changed. But during the period between these two bloody events radical Islamists staged massacres in Moscow, Volgograd, London, Paris (the raid against the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine), Turkey and Lebanon… But the world has not displayed greater unity in the struggle against terrorist threats," Klimov told TASS.
He believes that number one conclusion the politicians should make today is security cannot be selective. "The West is unable to ensure its security only by maintaining cooperation within NATO. Russia — its president, Foreign Ministry and parliament — have been making calls at all international forums for struggle against terrorism. At this point, with the Islamic State," he recalled.
After the Paris attacks the Vienna talks on a settlement in Syria showed a positive shift towards the understanding that without destroying the Islamic State there will be no peace in the Middle East, Europe or any other part of the world. But towards the end of the latest round of the Vienna talks US Secretary of State John Kerry again raised the issue of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s future. But all what he said on that score was utterly out of place. Don’t our US partners distinguish between the real scale of the threat the Islamic State poses to entire humanity and the meager role of one personality in the Syrian conflict?" Klimov asked.
"For devising a system of comprehensive cooperation in resistance to radical Islamism it is essential at the level of the UN Security Council to declare as rouge states those countries which connive with terrorists, provide them with financing, training and medical care and do nothing to upset the operation of their websites. The international community must establish measures for punishing terrorists identical to the Nuremberg tribunals for Nazi war criminals," Klimov believes.
The director of the Political Studies Institute, Civic Chamber member Sergey Markov, believes that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris the West is unlikely to change its attitude to Russia as a possible partner in an anti-terrorist coalition.
"Yet, it is quite possible that the US-led NATO countries will devise an algorithm of coordination between the Western anti-terrorist coalition and Russia. A historical parallel is quite appropriate. During World War II the Soviet Union’s western allies in the anti-Hitler coalition — the United States and Britain — opened a second front. And they won together. These days the hope remains that politicians will pool efforts to provide a resolute response to the terrorist challenge to the security of humanity," Markov told TASS.
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