Medvedev says legitimacy of strikes of coalition and Turkey on Iraq and Syria is uncertain

Medvedev says legitimacy of strikes of coalition and Turkey on Iraq and Syria is uncertain

The legitimacy of the air strikes of the international coalition and Turkey on Iraq and Syria is questionable, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Egyptian daily Al-Ahram.

"This coalition was created bypassing the UN Security Council and extended its activities to Syria without the consent of its government. This arouses serious doubts about the legitimacy of such actions. By the way, the recent Turkish air strikes on Iraq cannot but lead to similar doubts," Interfax cited him as saying.

According to the Prime Minister, "Syria and Iraq are going through difficult, tragic times, they have faced a massive terrorist onslaught." "Islamic State’s aggression has already directly affected Libya, Lebanon and Yemen, and has infiltrated Jordan. The so-called caliphate proclaimed by Islamic State in large areas in Iraq and Syria is a direct threat to security, not only for the Middle East," Medvedev added.

The head of state is confident that "combining and coordinating the efforts of the widest possible range of countries under UN auspices should be at the top of the list in the fight against terrorism." He reminded that the Russian President has proposed an initiative to set up an international anti-terrorist front. 

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