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Putin Speaks to CIS Heads of State; Urges All To Join Baghdad Anti-Terrorist Information Center

Oct. 16, 2015 (EIRNS)—Following a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in Kazakhstan yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the heads-of-state meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Oct. 16, and spoke extensively on Russia’s operations in Syria, and the need to expand the anti-terrorist coalition.

Cooperation among the CIS states and the functioning of the CIS Antiterrorist Centre sharing of intelligence are vital, Putin said, especially because

“various estimates put the number of people from Russia and other CIS countries fighting on the side of the Islamic State at 5,000 to 7,000, [and] we must act to make sure that these people do not put the experience they have acquired in Syria to use here at home later.”

He also raised the terrorist danger coming out of Afghanistan, which was brought up to him by the President of Uzbekistan.

“We call on all interested countries to join in the work of the information center in Baghdad,” Putin said, after stressing that the Russian air operations and the “Caspian Flotilla” are operating “in full compliance with international law.”

The international coalition that Russia is attempting to build is gaining ground, he said, with ongoing “talks with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and other countries.” But he noted that the relations with the U.S. and Turkey remain at the stage of “trying to organize cooperation.”