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Russian premier: fight against terrorism possible only through coordination of all forces

November 22, 2015, 12:29 updated at: November 22, 2015, 15:30 UTC+3 KUALA LUMPUR
"This is yet another proof that terrorism has no borders and we need to build joint work to fight against the Islamic State as a terrorist factor," Medvedev said
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KUALA LUMPUR, November 22. /TASS/. An effective fight against terrorism is possible only by coordinating the efforts of all forces with reliance on the UN authority, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at the 10th East Asia summit on Sunday.

"It is clear today as never before that an effective struggle with this evil is possible only by coordinating all forces and with reliance primarily on the existing international institutions, including the UN," Medvedev said.

Over the past month alone, Russia has lived through two major terrorist acts, Medvedev said, referring to the airliner blown up by terrorists over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and the death of Russian nationals in a terror attack on a hotel in the capital of Mali.

"The threat coming from the Islamic State is felt today actually by all countries. These are Europe and America, Central and South East Asia," the Russian premier said.

"We have just lived through several horrible tragedies: the terrorists blew up a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula and staged a deadly massacre in the very center of Europe, in Paris. The world has shuddered from these inhuman terrorist acts," Medvedev said.

"The latest tragedy occurred in Mali where people were also killed, including six our pilots. This extended the mournful list of the latest events," the Russian premier said, adding that Russia and the world had to defend themselves.

It is exceptionally important to secure "a consolidated anti-terror position of the countries with large Islamic communities," to which Russia also belongs, Medvedev said.

The Russian premier said he hoped a statement, which the summit was adopting on information security, would also contribute to this effort.

"The use of technologies for terrorist purposes and criminalization of the information environment are poisoning the international atmosphere and simply bringing to naught the advantages of the global information world," the Russian premier said.

Architecture of equal security should become imperative for entire world - Medvedev

Measures to develop the architecture of equal and indivisible security should become an imperative for the entire world, including the Asia-Pacific region, Medvedev said.

"The elaboration of common and binding rules of the game, the development of the reliable architecture of equal and indivisible security should become an imperative for all of us, including the Asia-Pacific region," Medvedev said.

The challenges confronted by the international community today "are becoming ever more dramatic and multidimensional," the Russian premier said.

"A crisis of ‘the culture of compromises’ is felt ever more acutely in the world," he added.

"The risks of inter-confessional and inter-civilization rifts are intensifying," Medvedev said.

According to the Russian premier, "stability and sustainable development are seriously threatened by regional conflicts, terrorism and extremism, cross-border crimes, the shortage of food, epidemics and the problems of climate change."

"The analysis of conflicts and crises shows that unilateral actions, no matter how effective they may be, do not produce the required result. Collective fundamentals should be the main factors for the world to become more secure," Medvedev said.

Russia’s proposals on this score are well-known. Other states are also promoting their approaches for strengthening security in the region, the Russian premier said.

"I’m confident that we can reach substantive practical decisions by uniting our efforts. The success of our dialog on framework security principles would be the best confirmation of the authority of our summit, an example for other regions where similar mechanisms are absent or require them to become actualized," the Russian premier sad.

"Otherwise, there would be no support in the struggle against such security challenges as international terrorism and extremism," Medvedev said.

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