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Russian senate speaker urges end to policy of labelling terrorists ‘good or bad’

December 12, 2016, 13:55 UTC+3 ABU DHABI

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko pointed out that Russia had earlier called for a broad international anti-terrorist coalition

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ABU DHABI, December 12. /TASS/. The time has come to put an end to the policy of "dividing terrorists into good, bad and moderate," Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said at the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament in Abu-Dhabi.

"The attempts to divide terrorists into good, bad and moderate, supply them weapons and financially support them should finally be stopped," she said. "Today, we can see that international terrorism is not only increasing, but it has become a systemic challenge to the world community which should be met with a joint systemic response," Matviyenko added.

She pointed out that Russia had earlier called for a broad international anti-terrorist coalition. "Unfortunately, Russia’s calls have gone unheeded, instead of cooperating with us in combating our common enemy, an information war was waged against us," the speaker stressed.

According to her, Russia’s position that only Syrians were eligible to decide the future of Syria, was met with a hostile response. She noted that thanks to Russia the tide had turned in the country. "Most parts of the country have been cleared of terrorists," she stressed adding that unfortunately, militants were trying to regain control over Palmyra. "Unfortunately, terrorists keep trying to recapture the city, heavy fighting is going on there," Matviyenko said.

At the same time, the Russian Senate Speaker noted that a number of Western countries have been increasingly calling to end the counterterrorism operation in eastern Aleppo which seems to be the last attempt to protect and save the militants sponsored by them, who are now facing defeat.

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