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IS expansion was realistic challenge for security, including for Russia — Putin

September 04, 15:43 UTC+3
He said the "provoked from outside civil wars, the disintegration of state authorities" had turned the Middle East region "into the space of chaos and a platform for international terrorism"
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HANGZHOU /China/, September 4. /TASS/. Stirring up of instability in the Middle East has turned the region into a platform for the international terrorism, which threatens all countries, including Russia, President Vladimir Putin said during an informal meeting of BRICS leaders on sidelines of the G20 summit in Chinese Hangzhou on Sunday.

The president said the "provoked from outside civil wars, the disintegration of state authorities" in Iraq, Libya and Yemen had turned the Middle East region "into the space of chaos and a platform for international terrorism, which worries us all," and also provoked the uncontrolled flow of migration.

"The expansion of IS (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia - TASS) and the extremists of all kind, who have united under its flags, has become a realistic challenge for security, including for our countries, and for Russia, for its southern borders," Putin said. The conflict potential has been growing in the world, he continued, including due to the growing contradictions between countries and their different levels of development.

"We can see how across the world are aggravating the contradictions, continue different levels of development among the rich and the poor countries, becomes more severe the fight for resources, for access to markets, control over transport lines - on this background also grows the conflict potential, and tension areas are growing in numbers," the Russian leader said.

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