Dmitry Rogozin, Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for International Affairs, and Halldor Asgrimsson, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, discussed cooperation between European countries and Russia in the struggle against international terrorism on Friday. According to the Russian parliamentarian, while talking to the guest from Iceland he noted that "Europe should look at itself more attentively because quite a few terrorist organizations were created in European countries". "A paradoxical situation has now taken shape: officers and soldiers are being recruited in some European countries to take part in the current counter-terrorist operation. Meanwhile people from the very same countries having been recruited by extremist centres continue to fight for the Taliban cause," Rogozin said. Rogozin and Asgrimsson also discussed the situation in the Middle East. The time of "rivalry" between Russia, the USA and the European Union in the Palestinian-Israeli settlement has gone. "The world's leading powers should act hand in hand," he noted.
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