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Putin: Islamic State declared Russia its enemy long time ago

September 30, 2015, 16:05 UTC+3

Putin has proposed to all interested countries to join the information center in Baghdad in its activities against Islamic State

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NOVO-OGARYOVO, near Moscow, September 30. /TASS/. Islamic State terrorist grouping declared Russia its enemy a long time ago, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

He said thousands of descendants from different countries were fighting on the side of the terrorists and if they achieved success in Syria they would inevitably return to their home countries and to Russia.

"It's an open secret the so-called Islamic State declared Russia its enemy a long time ago," Putin said.

The president stressed that the fight against terrorism must be waged in strict compliance with international law, namely in accordance with a UN resolution or at the request of the country’s official government.

"Our partners have neither one nor another in action in Syria," he told a government session.

Putin invites other countries to join Baghdad coordinated fight against IS

Putin has proposed to all interested countries to join the information center in Baghdad.

"We consider it possible and reasonable to join efforts of all interested countries in the fight against international terrorism and work together based on the UN Charter," Putin said at a meeting with the government.

The Russian president called on all interested countries, especially in the Middle East, "to partake in the activities of the international information coordination center in Baghdad."

According to the president, the only true way in a struggle against international terrorism is to fight them in the areas occupied by them, and not to wait for them "to come to our home." 

Russia will not plunge into Syria conflict

The president expressed confidence Russia was not going to plunge into the conflict in Syria but would provide air support to the Syrian army to fight terrorist groups.

"Certainly, we are not going to plunge head over heels into this conflict. Our actions will be carried out within strict limits," Putin told a government meeting.

The president said Russia "will support the Syrian army exclusively in its lawful battle against terrorist groups" and this support "will be provided via air, without participation in ground operations."

"Such support will be limited to the period of the Syrian army’s offensive operations," he added.

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