Will US be allowed to fight anywhere in world?
The United States intends to include the regional branches of Al-Qaeda and ISIS in the list of UN terrorist organizations, the Izvestia newspaper writes with reference to sources in Russian diplomatic circles.
If this proposal is accepted, Washington will be able to launch special operations in the territory of third countries.
Russia is skeptical of the initiative, as groups of terrorists affiliated with these organizations are relatively few in number, and the authorities can cope with the threat on their own.
According to experts, expanding the list of terrorist organizations, the US intends to legalize, first of all, it own interference in the affairs of other states, the article says.
Earlier, the UN General Assembly created the new body, headed by a Russian diplomat Vladimir Voronkov, within the Organization a counter-terrorism department. The main task of the department is the international unification of the concept of "terrorism" and the creation of a single list of terrorist organizations and individual criminals, RIA Novosti reports, adding that according to sources, Moscow will form a single list and submit it to the administration.
The President of the National Strategy Institute, Mikhail Remizov, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, noted that such an inclusion of all "branches" of terrorist organizations in the relevant list of the UN is unlikely to allow the US to launch a military operation, for example, against the Caucasus Emirate in Russia.
"The United States will not have such an opportunity. It should be stressed that the US is often not concerned with the legal registration of its interventions, or at least considers it as a secondary issue. In itself, the inclusion of any groups on terrorist lists is not a mandate for cross-border interventions," he pointed out.
Mikhail Remizov also drew attention to the fact that Donald Trump's team is more likely to curtail the external activity of the United States than to invade any state. "I see no indication that the new presidential administration in Washington is thinking about expanding the geography of its military operations. It rather follows the tactic of a pinpointed demonstration of power without long-term interference and without obligations. So it is obvious that we can talk about preserving zones of its presence, mainly in Afghanistan," the expert recalled.
"It is not clear whether this initiative is related to Iran. It is clear that any military action against Iran will not be an easy walk, but this policy of new isolation of Tehran is likely to be conducted. It is a big question what it will cause in the military terms, and probably it's the main sphere of risk for international politics and international relations in the near future," the President of the National Strategy Institute concluded.