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It is impossible to apply double standards in struggle against terrorism - Churkin

November 20, 2014, 1:22 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
A terrorist threat which several countries are facing has emerged due to appeasement to the activities of some extremist groups, the Russian diplomat said
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UNITED NATIONS, November 20 /TASS/. It is impossible to apply double standards in struggle against terrorism, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said at the U.N. open debates on Wednesday.

A terrorist threat which several countries are facing has emerged due to appeasement to the activities of some extremist groups, the Russian diplomat said.

The ‘Islamic State’, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations have been maturing in the Middle East for a long time.

“They got additional opportunities for conducting their criminal activities in conditions when the state became weak and not without outside support from various foreign sponsors,” the Russian diplomat went on to say.

The ‘Islamic State’ terrorists and Jabhat al-Nusra extremists were not a source of concern for some countries so long as they were fighting against the government troops in Syria.

“We believe that it is impossible to apply double standards in struggle against terrorism,” Churkin stressed.

The Russian diplomat believes that U.S. air strikes against the terrorist-seized oil facilities in Syria and Iraq are not affecting illegally earned oil profits but are creating problems for the civilian population in these areas.

He said the oilfields controlled by the ‘Islamic State’ are producing 30 barrels of oil daily while terrorists were earning three million dollars daily on oil sales.

“U.S. air strikes against the terrorist-captured oil facilities in Iraq and Syria are not having any impact on illegal sales volumes. They are objectively making life difficult for the population in those areas,” Churkin explained.

“Oil trucks keep going from those areas and self-made gas pipelines are operating,” Churkin said adding that grey schemes and dealers helped selling the oil stock on the black market.

In 2013, the European Union adopted a decision to soften some restrictions against Syria and allow buying Syrian oil from non-state companies. The move, according to Churkin, indirectly contributed to the financial strengthening of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Jabhat al-Nusra group that control hydrocarbon deposits in northeastern Syria.

“Brussels should be fully aware of its actions,” Churkin said.

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