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Senior diplomat calls on global community to cut off flow of terrorists from Syria

December 14, 2017, 17:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The senior diplomat noted that Moscow and Washington hold no consultations on the issue

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MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The international community needs to find common mechanisms to combat the flow of militants from Syria to other countries, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told reporters on Thursday.

"There are issues that should be tackled by the global community. That concerns monitoring the movement of foreign terrorists," he said. "One country cannot solve this issue alone."

"The terrorists have already begun to fan out around the world to nearby countries, to nations in Southeast Asia, Africa, Afghanistan and Europe," Syromolotov went on to say. "This is currently the key problem in the war on terror, namely, what the militants moving to other countries are going to do. Therefore, countries are now coming up with common mechanisms to counter this phenomenon."

The senior diplomat noted that Moscow and Washington hold no consultations on the issue. "No special progress with the Americans, nothing more than just dialogue. There are contacts (between Russia and the US) on military matters in Syria, but there are no other contacts so far," he pointed out.

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