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Russia warns against coddling terrorists to achieve short-term goals — Lavrov

November 20, 10:59 UTC+3

According to the Russian top diplomat, the fight against international terrorism requires joint efforts by the global community

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BAKU, November 20. /TASS/. Moscow has called for avoiding the practice of employing terrorists active in Syria as a quick fix to achieve short-term goals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said addressing the students of Azerbaijan’s Diplomatic Academy.

According to him, the fight against international terrorism requires joint efforts by the global community. "Both Russia and Azerbaijan stand for fighting the war on terror without any double standards, so that no one could use terrorists as quick fixes in achieving some short-term goals, as we see happening in Syria and some other countries in the Middle East," the Russian top-diplomat stressed.

"We know how terror groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the former name of the Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia - TASS] were created," Lavrov pointed out. "It is a huge miscalculation to believe that any of these groups may be used in order to overthrow a regime and then remain loyal to its sponsors. History shows that it happens the other way around," the Russian foreign minister said.

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