2015-11-20 12:34:00

Russian Orthodox Church believes intl coalition needed to fight terrorism

Moscow, November 20, Interfax - Only a real international coalition is now capable of defeating international terrorism, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk told reporters before the joint meeting of the State Duma and the Federation Council on Friday.

"To defeat terrorism there is a need for an international coalition, [a] real [coalition], which will fight this horrible plague of the 21st century by deed, not by words," the metropolitan said.

He also believes that "we should understand that a war has been declared on Russia." "This war is conducted by a terrorist group that calls itself 'Islamic State,' but it's not a war of Islam against Christianity," Metropolitan Hilarion said.

He believes it is now "unfair and wrong" to speak about religious terrorism. "People who commit such crimes now are not religious people, they are not servants of Allah, they are Satanists, they are fulfilling the devil's will, and therefore they should be counted by all people," the metropolitan said.

He also said that "these people should be eliminated everywhere they are, they should be found and eliminated."

The metropolitan also suggested remembering the time when "our grandfathers united against the brown plague and won, despite the differences that existed between the countries comprising the coalition."