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UN Security Council to discuss Russia-US resolution on fighting IS

December 17, 2015, 8:41 UTC+3 UN
One of the purposes outlined in the resolution "is to circle IS as a separate, most vital terrorist threat"
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UN, December 17. /TASS/. The UN Security Council’s meeting on Thursday on fighting against financing of the Islamic State terrorist organisation (outlawed in Russia) will adopt the first ever complex resolution drafted by Russia and the US.

The US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew will chair the meeting, which will feature finance ministers of several other countries. Russia will be represented by its Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin.

On the eve of the meeting, the Russian ambassador told reporters the draft resolution was the result of joint efforts of Russia and the US, thus demonstrating common perception of the danger from the terrorist threat and the necessity of responding. 

He said the draft resolution contained a reference to the UN Charter’s Article VII as well as to "several brand new aspects."

One of the purposes outlined in the resolution, he said, "is to circle IS as a separate, most vital terrorist threat."

"Formerly, what a paradox, the Security Council’s documents referred to IS as one of Al Qaeda’s divisions," the diplomat said. "Now, the sanctions list is rebranded, the document offers expanded criteria of listing, which makes it possible to impose limitations on any individuals or corporates smudged by relations with IS."

One of the most important objectives of the resolution would be "enforcement of the regime to reveal and stop illegal financing of IS and groups related to it by means of trade of oil, artefacts and other illegal sources."

"The countries did have respective obligations well before this, but, unfortunately, those obligations have been observed not by all and not always," the Russian ambassador said.

From now on, the UN monitoring and sanction mechanisms "will be focused clearly on eradication of those developments."

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