2015-10-13 16:33:00

Islamic countries should be key members of broad anti-ISIL coalition - Lavrov (updated)

Moscow, October 13, Interfax - Islamic countries should become key participants in an international coalition opposing the Islamic State, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"We have forwarded a draft resolution on coordinating activities of all those opposing ISIL and other terrorist structures to the UN Security Council. We presume that Islamic countries can and should become key participants in such a broad coalition," Lavrov said at a reception marking the Islamic New Year on Tuesday.

Moscow expects that success in combating terrorists should help achieve progress in resolving a number of other issues, including the migration crisis in Europe, Lavrov said.

The Russian foreign minister insisted that, in opposing terrorists, it is necessary to act preemptively and destroy them in territories they have seized.

"This is why President Putin decided to respond to the Syrian authorities' request and, with our parliament's consent, started an Aerospace Forces operation to deliver strikes upon ISIL and other extremist groups' positions in Syrian territory," Lavrov said.

He reiterated Russia's willingness to consolidate efforts with all countries in combating terrorism based on international legal norms and principles.