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    Russia considers it unacceptable to suppress an extremist organization in one case, and turn a blind eye to the actions of the same militant group in another case.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The international community must resolutely fight terrorism around the globe, regardless of which country or government is attacked, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    In a preview to the interview with Rossiya-24 television channel, due to be broadcast the following day, Lavrov said Friday:

    "If you are a terrorist, it means that you are a terrorist everywhere. We need to confront a common enemy, common threats and avoid attempts to opportunistically adapt the preferences for one or another regime."

    The top diplomat added that Russia considers it unacceptable to suppress an extremist organization in one case, and turn a blind eye to the actions of the same militant group in another case, when it is "acting against a government declared illegitimate."

    In April, Lavrov stated that Russia's main enemy is the Islamic State militant group, because thousands of people from all over the world, including Russian, European and US citizens, are fighting in the ranks of the fundamentalist organization.

    Moscow has repeatedly underscored the importance of counter-terrorism cooperation with Western partners, despite existing disputes on several issues.

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