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MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Many in other countries now have a good occasion to give thought to Russia’s true place and role in world politics, State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said at a joint meeting of both houses of Russia’s parliament on Monday.
"Many abroad have a good occasion to ponder over the real place and role of our country in world politics. But this reconsideration of the situation has just begun," Naryshkin.
He hopes that the Russian passenger plane disaster over the Sinai Peninsula and terrorist attacks in France and some other countries will force many to take a different look at the ongoing developments.
"They will be able to realize that geographic remoteness from the Islamic State, built on hatred and beastly cruelty, does not guarantee security and that the results of one year of efforts by the so-called coalition are equal to nothing, in contrast to Russian air strikes in Syria," Naryshkin said.
He hopes that as a result honest and public answers will be given to quite a few questions about why the situation has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent and how it happened the militants have managed to create a quasi-state and begun to dictate medieval rules and create a fanatical, barbaric regime that relies on blackmail and fear." "It also lives on incomes from selling oil from captured oil fields and pillaging valuables of world culture. Somebody agrees to buy all that and pay lavishly. What’s the point then of all these speculations about ostensibly irreconcilable struggle with terrorism, while in reality there has been only simulation of that struggle?" Naryshkin said.
Also, he expressed surprise "why instead of pooling efforts attempts were made to breed estrangement among countries and peoples by breeding ever more artificial conflicts."
"The past two years merely delayed success in the struggle with terrorism and wasted much of the Europeans’ strength and time and took a heavy toll of human lives. Tens of thousands of killed and crippled in Ukraine, millions of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa — who will ever be able to tell what the casualties and losses were for. Have the Schengen countries ever suspected they would see the day when they would have to hastily re-establish state borders and surround themselves with barbed wire fences?" Naryshkin said.