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US Anti-ISIL Coalition Renders 'Zero' Result Compared to Russia's Campaign

Sputnik News

10:43 20.11.2015(updated 14:08 20.11.2015)

The US-led fight against ISIL has been ineffective if compared with Russia's campaign, a senior Russian official said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Terrorist act against the Russian A321 passenger jet over Egypt, as well as acts of terrorism in France and other countries make the world understand that the geographical distance from the Islamic State does not guarantee security and the year-long US-led coalition has rendered zero results, unlike the Russian Aerospace Forces operating over Syria, Russian lower house speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Friday.

"The tragedy of the Russian airliner, the terrorist acts in France and a range of other countries are making the entire world look differently at what's happening and understand that the geographical distance from the Islamic State set on hatred and barbaric cruelty doesn't guarantee security and the results of the year-long efforts of the so-called [US-led] coalition are equal to zero as compared to strikes by the Russian Armed Forces in Syria," Naryshkin said during a joint upper and lower house session in Moscow.

The speaker underscored Russia's resolve in combating terrorism unilaterally and jointly. Following the deadly November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to travel to the United States and Russia next week to coalesce the countries in their respective missions.

'Terrorist crimes have no statute of limitations, and retribution for these acts is inevitable.'

Russia launched anti-Islamic State airstrikes at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad on September 30.

Since the beginning of the air campaign, the Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out around 1,800 sorties, destroying some 2,700 terrorist targets, according to the General Staff. Several hundreds of militants have been killed, and dozens of command centers and depots have been destroyed.

The lawmaker underscored that Russia would strictly observe its Constitution in the fight against terrorism and will not allow itself to become isolated.

'All of us will act in strict accordance with the Constitution and will not allow any xenophobia or Russia's self-isolation, that would become a sign of weakness, as Vladimir Putin stated. No one will get such a present from us, however somebody is waiting for it,' Naryshkin said.


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