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Chechen leader calls on Russia and Western nations to join efforts in fighting IS

November 17, 2015, 18:31 UTC+3 GROZNY
Kadyrov blamed the Eyptian security services for the terror attack on the Russian A321 plane which crashed in Egypt as the result of a bomb explosion onboard on October 31
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Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic

Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic

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GROZNY, November 17 /TASS/. Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, has called on the world community to join efforts against the Islamic State international terrorist group, which is banned in Russia.

"It’s absolutely no problem to destroy this Iblis (devilish) state and its cells in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt. This can be done much faster if countries, including Western states, join efforts. But even if Russia is going to fight them on its own, we are going to destroy them in the near future," Kadyrov’s press service quoted the Chechen leader as saying.

"I am sure that Vladimir Putin managed to bring it home to the world leaders who had gathered for the G120 summit in Antalya that he would push through the cause he had started to the logical end and would do away with this terrorist group with or without their assistance," Kadyrov said.

He put the blame for the terror attack at the Russian A321 plane, which crashed in Egypt as the result of a bomb explosion onboard on October 31, on the local security services.

"The terror attack is the fault of the Egyptian security services who failed to ensure the flight safety. Of course, it is a tragedy and signal to all countries that they should fight terrorism together and everywhere," the head of Chechnya emphasized.

"I am sure that the duty of every Russian and every patriot of his Fatherland to report any information which could contribute to establishing the terrorists’ identify and whereabouts," Kadyrov wrote on his page in social networks.

According to him, there are two tasks, which should be solved in the context of the terror attack on the Russian plane. The first of them is revenge.

"Starting from this hour, the security services should throw all their forces at searching for persons who had organized and staged the terror attack and also for those guilty of assistance to its perpetrators, indifference and information hiding. All of them should face the strictest exhibition punishment without limitation on conviction. They should be caught irrespective of where they could be hiding - in the Sahara desert or the Antarctic," Kadyrov emphasized.

The Airbus A321 plane crash is the biggest in the history of Russian and Soviet aviation. The plane belonging to Russian air company Kogalymavia was en route from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg in Russia (flight KGL 9268) when it crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early on October 31. The plane fell near El Hasna populated locality 100 km to the south of Al-Arish, the administrative center of the North Sinai Governorate (province). All the 224 people onboard, including 217 passengers and the 7-member crew, died. The passengers, most of whom were Russians, also included four Ukrainians and one citizen of Belarus.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Chief Alexander Bortnikov informed Russian President Vladimir Putin that the A321 plane crash had been caused by an explosion of a self-made bomb with a yield of up to 1 kilogramme of TNT.

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