ISLAMABAD, December 24. /TASS/. Russia’s military effort in Syria and also its cooperation with Iran and Turkey in stabilizing the situation in the region proved that the fight against terrorism can be a success, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Sunday.
The delegation of Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, led by Volodin, arrived in Pakistan late on Saturday to take part in an international conference addressing the challenges of terrorism and regional cooperation. The forum is attended by parliament speakers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, China and Russia.
"Successful anti-terror fight is possible. This was proved by the operation of Russia’s armed forces in Syria and progress made due to diplomatic efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey in resolving the Syrian conflict," Volodin said.
The formula for success is a multilateral format, "broad international cooperation and involvement of all sides interested in stabilizing the situation in the crisis-hit regions," he noted.
"In Syria, the first step was made towards creating truly effective international mechanisms of eradicating terrorism, without double standards and based on strict compliance with international law," the top Russian lawmaker said, stressing the role of Russian, Iranian and Turkish presidents in this settlement.
After the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) was defeated in Syria, some groups of terrorists started penetrating Afghanistan, Pakistan, countries of Southeast Asia and Europe, he noted, calling to develop mechanisms for joint control over terrorists’ border crossing.