Russia insists that the issue of the legitimacy of the bombing of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria by the U.S. should be discussed in the UN Security Council and ground anti-terrorist operations should only be conducted by the armed forces of these countries, Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia's deputy foreign minister and the Russian president's special envoy on the Middle East and Africa, said.
"Of course, we suggest this all the time," Bogdanov said in an interview with Interfax, responding to a question whether the issue of the bombing should again be discussed in the UN Security Council.
"There are UN Security Council anti-terrorist resolutions, and they could be used to reach agreements on interaction with the understanding that it will really be collective and clear to everyone in terms of the end goals that are being pursued. The main thing is that the anti-terrorist efforts should be made in strict accordance with current international legal foundations," the diplomat said.
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