2015-09-29 10:05:00

Putin calls for broad international anti-terrorist coalition with the participation of Muslim countries

New York, September 29, Interfax - Nations must drop their ambitions and create a broad international coalition to fight terror, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his speech at the UN General Assembly.

"Certainly, Muslim countries must become key members of such a coalition, because Islamic States not only threatens them directly, but with its bloody crimes desecrates Islam, a greatest world religion," he said.

"Militant ideologists are making mockery of Islam, twisting its true humanistic values. I would like to appeal to Muslim spiritual leaders: both your authority and your word of advice now truly matter," the president said.

"The situation is more than dangerous. In this situation, it is hypocritical and irresponsible to issue loud-spoken declarations on the threat of international terrorism while turning a blind eye to the channels of financing and the support of terrorists, including through drug business, illegal trade in oil, weapons, or try to manipulate extremist groups and try to use them to achieve one's own political goals," Putin said.

According to his estimation, "thousands of militants, including former Iraqi troops who were made redundant as a result of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, are now fighting on the side of the so-called Islamic State." "Recruits are being supplied from Libya, whose statehood was destroyed as a result of a massive violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, and radicals are now being joined by members of the so-called 'moderate' Syrian opposition, which is supported by the West," Putin said.

"They are armed and trained, and then they take the side of the so-called Islamic State," he said.

Putin considers it a huge mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian authorities, the governmental army, "with those who are bravely fighting terror face to face."

"It finally has to be admitted that apart from President al-Assad's governmental troops, no one is really fighting Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria," the Russian president said.