As Daesh is Defeated in Syria, Terrorist Recruitment Networks, Sleeper Cells, Move to Other Countries

MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Terrorist groups defeated in Syria are creating recruitment networks and sleeper cells in other countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

“Having suffered a military defeat in Syria, terrorist groups are creating new footholds, recruitment networks and sleeper cells in other countries, continuing to take advantage of the persisting disunity of the global community and the fact that far from all states took the necessary legislative and law enforcement measures at the national level,” he said at a meeting of the heads of intelligence services, security and law enforcement agencies.

“The capabilities of criminal groups in Syria and Iraq to regularly replenish their budget have been seriously undermined,” he said.

Lavrov highlighted that the terrorists’ resistance “has not been broken completely.” “One of the reasons is the ongoing external material support for radicals, including with arms,” the minister said.

“Russia repeatedly pointed to this problem. We will continue to consistently work to consolidate cooperation in this important area,” Lavrov concluded.

Double standards and geopolitical ambitions hamper the establishment of true coordination of the global community in the fight against terrorism, he said.

“Despite a considerable success in the fight against ISIS (a former name of the terrorist organization Islamic State, which is outlawed in Russia – TASS) and other groups, terrorists still constitute the most serious threat for all countries,” he said. “They adapt to the changing reality and diversify sources of financial and material-technical support for their activity, including through links with drug business and organized crime.”

“Geopolitical ambitions, hidden agendas, double standards and a frequent strive to use radicals to solve their own selfish tasks on the world scene still hamper the establishment of truly coordinated actions,” the Russian foreign minister added.

Lavrov blasts West for justifying extremism on pretext of fighting ‘authoritarian’ regimes

MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. By promoting the concept of “fighting oppressive extremism”, Western countries are ready to clear extremists of any criminal responsibility under the guise of combating authoritarian regimes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the 17th Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security and Law Enforcement Agencies from FSB partner states.

He also recalled that the key role in combating the proliferation of terrorist and extremist ideology belongs to the states and their respective intelligence services, while international anti-terror cooperation should be built based on UN universal legislation. “Russia remains aloof towards any initiatives, which ignore the key principles mentioned above. I particularly mean the concept of “fighting oppressive extremism” promoted by several states,” the Russian foreign minister noted.

According to the top diplomat, this concept doesn’t just ignore the approved legal framework of fighting terrorism but also “permits meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign states under the guise of supporting civil society against authoritarian regimes,” Lavrov pointed out. “The authors of this concept are basically ready to justify extremists, and exonerate them from criminal responsibility”.