"Terrorists should be fought like WW2 Nazis"
Modern Europe cannot afford conflicts in a situation of radical interdependence, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said in Belgrade on Thursday.Source: Beta, Tanjug
"We are heavily influenced by the crisis that surrounds us," he told the OSCE Ministerial Council.
Recalling the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the UN General Assembly that the fight against Islamic State and other paramilitary groups must include the countries of the Middle East, Lavrov said that was "the main priority."
"Everything else must be subordinated to it, as was the fight against the Nazis (in WWII). Everything else was subordinated to it," Lavrov said.
He added that countries today consider their short-term benefits rather than be ready to "engage in serious partnerships."
"We will not allow terrorists to benefit from illicit trade in a variety of items," he said, adding that this cannot be successful if Russia faces obstruction from others, as was the case with the downing of its warplane.
Speaking about the crisis in Syria, the Russian minister said that terrorists cannot be divided into good and bad guys, and that negotiations must be conducted between civil representatives "in appropriate delegations," reported Tanjug.
"We want to unmask terrorism regardless of which religion it adheres to," said Lavrov.
He also stressed the need for closer cooperation with partners from the Mediterranean region and spoke in favor of addressing the reasons behind the conflicts "without taking anyone's side."
In his speech, Lavrov mentioned NATO's 1999 war against Serbia to say it represented "the opening of Pandora's Box in Europe."
"Our western partners sadly failed to draw the right conclusions from the Kosovo tragedy," he said, according to Beta.
The current conflicts are the result of outside interference in internal affairs, he said, advising "learning the lessons from the past, especially from the Arab Spring."
Speaking about the crisis in Ukraine, Lavrov said that the Minsk agreements should be implemented, and that there had been "numerous contradictions" that do not contribute to solving the problems, while Russia "does not want to use any kind of militaristic rhetoric that would encourage further conflicts."