Russian President Calls For Joint Fight Against Terrorist Groups At G20 Summit

| by Jordan Smith
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Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out at the G20 summit in Turkey in favor of cooperating with other countries to combat Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria.

The Russian leader provided his G20 colleagues with information about the sources of Islamic State financing based on Russian intelligence, RT reported.

“I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told journalists.

He went on to urge action to prevent IS from generating funding through trade.

“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” the Russian president said.

Putin stated he was ready to collaborate with the US and its allies.

“We need to organize work specifically concentrated on the prevention of terrorist attacks and tackling terrorism on a global scale. We offered to cooperate [with the US] in anti-IS efforts. Unfortunately, our American partners refused. They just sent a written note and it says: ‘we reject your offer’,” he claimed.

Putin alleged that the U.S. and its allies had refused to give information to Russia about the positions of terrorist groups in Syria to enable Moscow to launch air strikes.

“But life is always evolving and at a very fast pace, often teaching us lessons. And I think that now the realization that an effective fight [against terror] can only be staged together is coming to everybody,” he added.

Leaders at the G20 summit, which took place just two days after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, agreed on a joint statement on tackling terrorism.

It pledges that all members will participate in efforts to control borders, share information on terrorists, counter propaganda, ensure airline safety, and freezing terrorist assets.

However, the statement did not mention any terrorist groups by name.

U.S. President Barrack Obama declared that Washington and its allies “are united against this threat,” USA Today reported.

The United States currently leads a coalition of countries which is bombing IS targets in Syria and Iraq. French jets struck Raqqa, a major IS stronghold, on the evening of Nov. 15.

Sources: RT, USA Today/ photo credit: Wikicommons