Russia says it would be “illegal” for the so-called international coalition against ISIL to carry out airstrikes against the terrorists without the consent of the UN.
Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told a Friday UN Security Council session on the situation concerning Iraq, “International counter-terrorism operation should be carried out either with the consent of sovereign states, or under the UN Security Council authorization.”
“We view other options as illegal and undermining international and regional stability.”
The Russian ambassador also emphasized that actions should be “highly cautious, with pondering over possible consequences for the countries of the region and civilians.”
Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama said Washington was assembling a so-called international coalition to “snuff out” the ISIL terrorists.
The United States and its allies, however, have announced that Syria, which has been on the front line of the anti-ISIL battle, will not be a party to the so-called coalition.
Many observers have cast doubt on Washington’s sincerity in forming the coalition against the same terrorists it has long supported in Syria.
The ISIL has taken control of parts of Syria. In June, the terrorists also seized large swathes of the territory in neighboring Iraq.
The Takfiri group has committed heinous crimes in the areas it has taken over, including the mass execution of civilians and security forces in Iraq.
The militant group has also terrorized various communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds.