Russia pledges support to ISIS opponents, no plans to join US-led coalition

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Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province (Reuters / Stringer) Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province (Reuters / Stringer)

Russia will not “buy tickets” to the international coalition that is being created by the US to fight the Islamic State, but will continue its aid to Iraq, Syria and other nations that are fighting terrorists on the spot.

The anti-ISIL coalition is not a club party – we do not expect any invitations and we are not going to buy entry tickets,” said Ilya Rogachev, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for New Challenges and Threats.At the same time Russia will continue to support all states that fight against the Islamic State, the official told the Interfax news agency on Friday.

Rogachev used the older name ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) for the group that was also known as ISIS…

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