12 Dec 2017 13:26

Terrorists fleeing Syria face either trial or death - Russian Deputy FM Syromolotov

MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) - Russian authorities will not allow terrorists who have fled Syria to grow active in other regions, including Russia, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister supervising international anti-terrorism cooperation, Oleg Syromolotov, told Interfax in an interview.

"Those who have managed to flee Syria may be 'helped' to vanish; we are aware of this, so we are watching their abettors closely. I can only tell you that they will not succeed," Syromolotov said.

"These terrorists have two opinions: either face justice or die," he said.

"The role played in ISIL by people originating in Russia and other CIS countries should not be overestimated," Syromolotov said.

"True, several thousand citizens of former Soviet republics 'mingled' with the terrorist organization, which had tens of thousands of fighters at the peak of its might, yet most of them were nothing but 'cannon fodder'," he said.