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Putin urges foreign partners to compile single list of extremist organizations

November 13, 2015, 16:16 UTC+3
Putin stressed that Russia is ready to take into account any reliable information on the location of terrorist groups in Syria
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MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the international community to compile a single list of extremist organizations to make the fight against terrorism more effective. He said as much in an interview with the Interfax and Anadolu news agencies.

"We need to compile a single list of extremist organizations. And Russia has already submitted its suggestions on this account - this was done during the Vienna meeting of the Syrian Support Group," the Russian leader said.

Russia ready to take into account any reliable information on location of terrorist groups

Putin stressed that Russia is ready to take into account any reliable information on the location of terrorist groups in Syria.

"However, in the course of our activities, we are ready to take into account any reliable information on the location of terrorist groups. We have even worked together with the Free Syrian Army (FSA)," Putin stressed. "The Russian aviation has conducted several strikes on the targets identified by the FSA. We excluded areas, which had been indicated by FSA commanders as being under their control," he added.

"By the way, this fact proves once again that we are not bombing the so-called moderate opposition or the civilian population," the Russian president noted.

Putin said that Russia is ready to cooperate with the United States. "We are ready to cooperate with Washington despite the fact that the US operations in Syria are in violation of international law - without the resolution of the UN Security Council, without the request from the official Syrian government," the president said.

"As for the time frame of the operation in Syria, a clear objective is set before the Russian forces - they should provide air support for the Syrian army’s offensive against the terrorists, that is why the duration of stay of our servicemen will be determined solely depending on the time this objective is achieved," Putin noted.

The Russian president stressed that "our activities in Syria as well as potential risks and consequences have been carefully calculated many times, and all the resources needed for the operation, both financial and technological, have been allocated in advance."

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