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Belarusian Foreign Minister: Russia’s actions in Syria conform to international law

October 27, 2015, 14:59 UTC+3

Strikes may be carried out either by the decision of the UN Security Council or at the request of the legitimate leadership of the country, Belarusian Foreign Minister says

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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Belarus supports Russia’s actions in Syria, considering that these actions fully comply with international law, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Tuesday following joint meeting of the boards of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Belarus.

"Just a few hours after the passing of a relevant decision by the Federation Council our Russian friends informed us that, at the request of the Syrian President, strikes would be carried out against the facilities of terrorist groups located on the Syrian territory," he said. "The relevant military strikes can be delivered either by the decision of the United Nations Security Council or at the request of the legitimate leadership of a particular country, so Russia’s actions in Syria fully conform to the norms of international law."

The Belarusian Foreign Minister expressed surprise at the fact that Russia had not been invited to take part in a coalition to fight against terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and some other countries established some time ago. "From our point of view, the fight against terrorism is a top-priority issue, and it is only possible to counter this universal challenge through joint efforts. Russia as one of the major geopolitical players should be an integral part of this process," Makei said.

"Of course, such organization as the United Nations should play a greater role in settling the situation in the region, in the fight against terrorism, and we too will be working in this direction."

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