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'Russia Will Not Tolerate Half-Way Measures in Fighting Terrorism'

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Russian tactical group seen at Hmeymim aerodrome in Syria - Sputnik International
While the West was getting cold feet on a possible military intervention in Syria, Russia took decisive actions, the Israeli newspaper Nrg Maariv reported.

Russian military aircraft at Syria's Hmeimim airfield - Sputnik International
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Despite broad criticism, the Russian military operation against the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria would not only stop terrorism but also stabilize the situation in the country, the article read.

Moscow and Washington have adopted different approaches to the Syrian conflict, according to the newspaper. While US President Barack Obama continues to insist on the resignation of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s top priority is the fight against terrorism.

Without hesitation, Russia sent its troops in Syria to protect its national interests in the region, including supporting Assad.

The anti-ISIL coalition formed by Russia, Syria and Iran has set against the US-led coalition that failed to defeat Islamic State, the article read.

"Consequently, Moscow proved it would not tolerate any hesitation or half-way measures in the fight against terrorism," the author wrote.

The Russian operation in Syria would probably prompt the US and its partners to more active measures both in Syria and Iraq to protect their interests in the region, the author added.

In order to defeat ISIL, the West will have to cooperate with Russia. As both sides cannot reach an agreement on the future of Assad, they could find common ground on the fight against terrorism. That would put the Assad issue on the back burner, according to the article.

Despite the criticism, the Russian military operation in Syria could turn out to be "a blessing in disguise" for the war with terrorism in the region, the author pointed out. Such an operation has long been needed in Syria to stop the violence. It could possibly stabilize the situation in the country and even in the entire region.

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