Moscow welcomes reform of UN’s anti-terrorism activities — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 3:53
NATO seeking to revive cold war-era climate — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 3:51
Situation in Syria gives grounds for cautious optimism — LavrovWorld September 22, 1:24
NATO secretary general comments on Russian military drillsWorld September 21, 21:34
NATO secretary general hails idea of deploying UN force in UkraineWorld September 21, 21:29
Russia ready to discuss alternative resolutions on UN mission to DonbassRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 21, 20:18
UN approves probe into Islamic State crimes in IraqWorld September 21, 20:10
Russia’s Alrosa mined all-time largest pink diamond in its historyBusiness & Economy September 21, 20:07
Russia submits Zvyagintsev’s film Loveless for OscarsSociety & Culture September 21, 19:16
MOSCOW, September 16 /TASS/. The achievements of the US-led coalition in fighting the Islamic State (IS) militants look modest, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
"Air strikes (more than 5,000 air strikes which destroyed 7,655 targets according to official reports) combined with operations by special operations units (for example, the liquidation by US Special Operations forces of Abu Sayyaf who was responsible for the IS finance) did not stop the terrorist expansion," the ministry went on to say.
"A year has passed since the United States created the so-called international coalition to fight IS bypassing the United Nations Security Council," the Foreign Ministry said.
"The coalition is operating in Iraq with agreement from the Iraqi government while in Syria it is acting without any prior consultations with the country’s legitimate government," the ministry went on to say.
The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the IS militants continued expanding the Caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
"Moreover, the growing discontent with the coalition’s air strikes which cause civilian casualties increases the number of local people who sympathize with the extremists and want to join their ranks," the ministry said.
"We are urging regional and international partners to consolidate efforts in fighting the global terrorist threat on the basis of existing international laws and the United Nations key role in this struggle," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.