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NATO coalition for struggle against terrorism cannot be promising — Lavrov

September 09, 2014, 13:47 UTC+3
"An alliance which is based on the interests of one group of countries only and interested in neutralization of a threat in part of the threat only cannot be promising," Lavrov said
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MOSCOW, September 9. /ITAR-TASS/. NATO coalition for struggle against terrorism cannot be a promising alliance because it is based on the interests of one group of countries only, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday after talks with Foreign Minister of Mali Abdoulaye Diop.

"An alliance which is based on the interests of one group of countries only and interested in neutralization of a threat in part of the threat only cannot be promising," Lavrov said.

He also underscored that US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged to put forward a format for combating terrorism, but these were only words, and not deeds.

“For several months, during our contacts with John Kerry we touch upon the necessity of some kind of joint analysis of the situation in the region (in the Middle East) regarding the terrorism threat and the necessity of a common approach,” the Russian top diplomat said.

“He repeatedly told me that as soon as possible he would suggest a format, according to which the USA, Russia, Europe and the region’s states could assess the events and would try to work out a balance of interests,” the minister said. “I consistently confirmed our readiness for such contact, but the deal remained only in word. Of course, if only not considering the fairly ugly manifestation of this commitment to combatting terrorism in documents adopted by the NATO summit.”

Lavrov stressed Russia’s readiness for a fair, open and collaborating dialogue.

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