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Russia warns fight against IS 'must comply with international law'

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The fight against Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq should only be carried out in compliance with international law and with respect for the territorial integrity of these nations, the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said today.

The official warned against airstrikes against Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq without a mandate from the United Nations Security Council saying it "would be an act of aggression," Interfax news agency reported.

"It is essential to fight this evil in strict compliance with the practices of international law, UN Security Council resolutions and the UN in general... And with strict respect for the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a news briefing.

US President Barack Obama said yesterday he had authorised US airstrikes in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

 

 

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