There Are No Good Terrorists in Syria, Iraq: Russia’s Putin

There Are No Good Terrorists in Syria, Iraq: Russia’s Putin
Sat Aug 6, 2016 13:34:12

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against exploiting terror groups for political goals, and strongly rejected the classification of terrorists into “good” and “bad” ones.

“It is unacceptable and extremely dangerous to try to exploit terrorist and radical extremist groups out of political and geopolitical interests,” Russia's TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying in an interview with Azerbaijan’s state news agency Azertac on Friday.

“In this endeavor, there can be no double standards; terrorists cannot be divided into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ones,” he added, in a clear reference to Washington’s categorization of terrorist groups operating the Syria into good and bad ones.
In the few years, some Western countries have been using the terms, “moderate” and “extremist” in a reference to the militants in countries like Syria. Such labels have been used as a pretext to help those insurgents that have been wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

The Russian leader also expressed his deep concern about two hotbeds of instability, one in Afghanistan and the other in the Middle East, due to the increased flow of drugs, arms trafficking and movement of terrorists.

“The recent terrorist attacks perpetrated in various regions of the world prove yet again that terrorism can be addressed solely through a common effort guided by the norms and principles of international law and coordinated by the UN,” he added.

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