5-7 thousand natives from Russia and CIS countries fighting in ranks of ISIS - Putin

From 5 to 7 thousand people from the former Soviet countries of the Commonwealth of Independent Countries (CIS) are fighting on the side of ISIS, Vladimir Putin claimed
15:40, 16 October 2015


From 5 to 7 thousand people who came from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are fighting on the side of ISIS in Syria, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated at the meeting of Heads of CIS States Council, the press service of the Kremlin reports.

"I want to stress the increased relevance of cooperation in fighting against international terrorism within our Commonwealth. According to the different estimates, on the side of ISIS have been fighting from five to seven thousand people from Russia and other CIS countries. And we certainly can not allow that they later used in our home the experience gained by these days in Syria," he said.

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The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a regional organization formed in 1991 by former Soviet republics after the breakup of the USSR. It consists of 9 full member states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. Ukraine was one of the founding countries and ratified the Creation Agreement in 1991, but did not ratify the Charter of the Commonwealth, which do not allow regarding Ukraine as a full member of the CIS. In 1993 Ukraine got the status of an Associate Member of the CIS. Nevertheless, in 2014 after Russian intervention and annexation of the Crimea, a bill on denunciation of ratification of the Creation Agreement was introduced to Ukrainian Parliament Verkhovna Rada, and yet was never approved. For the present moment, Ukraine has no representatives in the CIS Executive Committee and is to take part in the Commonwealth activities “on a selective basis”, as explained by the Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev, Belta.

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As it was reported before, Russian Ministry of Defence reported about striking 27 targets in Syria on Wednesday, October 8. Russian Su-24M and Su-34 bomber aircraftes attacked upon eight strong points in the residential areas ​​of Homs province. 

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