Lavrov: Islamic State is Russia's main enemy now

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he sees the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) as the main enemy of Russia now

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he sees the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) as the main enemy of Russia now.

"I believe that ISIS is our main enemy now," he said in an interview with three radio stations on Wednesday, commenting on the fact that "hundreds of Russian citizens, hundreds of Europeans and hundreds of Americans are fighting on the side of the ISIS."

The ISIL and Al-Qaeda radical movements gained the most from air strikes on insurgent Houthi positions in Yemen, Sergei Lavrov said.

"These bombardments were most advantageous for the ISIL and Al-Qaeda that seized the positions in Yemen held by the Houthis before they came under air attacks," he said.

Lavrov welcomed the end of the military operation against the Houthis in Yemen declared by Saudi Arabia. "They have just said today that this operation is over and they will focus on the promotion of the political process. Thank God," the Russian minister said. In his words, United States security services were supplying intelligence data for the Saudi planes that delivered the air strikes.

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