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Coordinated ground and air force work can resolve Islamic State issue promptly — Lavrov

December 09, 2015, 15:55 UTC+3

The fight against terrorism must be waged by ground forces with the support of aviation, Russia's top diplomat says

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MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. The issue concerning the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization can be resolved promptly with a coordinated work of ground military operations and air strikes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Italian media.

"The fight against terrorism must be waged by ground forces with the support of aviation," the top Russian diplomat said. "The power of aviation [support] is ample if we add together the powers of the US-led coalition and Russia."

"In the event of the flawless coordination work with the ground forces, I have no doubts that the problem of the Islamic State can be resolved very quickly," Lavrov added.

IS cells are emerging in Egypt

Russian Foreign Minister has voiced confidence that the IS terrorist group is creating its cells in Egypt.

"This is a single space controlled by terrorists, now they are emerging in Libya, Aghanistan and other places. I am convinced that Islamic State cells mushroom in Egypt," he said. "And IS has claimed responsibility for what happened to the Russian passenger airliner over Sinai. We are now working closely with the Egyptian intelligence agencies to find out how terrorists managed to do that and what should be done to completely rule out such risks."

Lavrov noted that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was confidently "shaping his policy to ensure the effectiveness of government agencies, to create conditions for solving economic problems and, of course, for improving the social situation in the country."

IS plans for ‘backup’ capital in Libya send alarming signal

The plans of the Islamic State terrorist group to create in the northern Libyan city of Sirte a branch of its capital in Syria’s Rakka is a very alarming signal, Russian Foreign Minister went on to say.

"Besides local militias made up of Libyan citizens, indeed the representatives of IS are already sprouting there," Lavrov said. "I don’t know if (IS leader Abu Bakr ) al-Baghdadi is there, but the IS has plans to equip in Sirte a branch of its "capital" in Syria’s Rakka, as we hear this and everyone speaks about this. Of course, this is an alarming signal."

The IS group seeks to prove that it is a successful project and that "the caliphate is being created and is growing," Lavrov said.

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