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VIENTIANE /Laos/, July 25. /TASS/. Moscow has put forward a proposal for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on working out joint measures to diminish the number of militants arriving in so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS - a terrorist group banned in Russia - eds. TASS) from the ASEAN region and Russia, a source with the Russian delegation said adding Russia issued the statement at the Russia-ASEAN ministerial meeting on Monday.
"A comprehensive approach is required to find a solution to terrorism, including diminishing the number of foreign terrorists-militants who are streaming to ISIS from this region - both from the Russian Federation and our neighbors’ territory," he said.
Moscow "offered to mull it over so that relative joint measures will be worked out together with ASEAN through mechanisms of our partnership, namely informal meetings of ASEAN defense ministers and talks of senior officials and sessions of the working group on counteracting terrorism and transnational crime.".
Moscow hopes that a meeting in the Russia-US-UN format in Geneva will help coordinate efforts in rebuffing the terrorist groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia), the source added.
"We hope the ongoing talks with the United States as co-chair of the International Syria Support Group will make it possible to finally establish coordination in rebuffing terrorist from Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups linked with them," the source said.
"At the request of Syria’s legitimate government, Russian has made and is making considerable contribution to the extermination of the Islamic State infrastructure, to uprooting its resource potential," the source said.