Rus­sian Pres­i­dent warns of ter­ror­ist at­tacks

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin called for a com­mon anti-ter­ror­ist front that will act in line with in­ter­na­tional law and un­der the UN aegis, in his an­nual state of the na­tion ad­dress to the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion on De­cem­ber 4.

“Ev­ery civ­i­lized coun­try must con­trib­ute to the fight against ter­ror­ism, reaf­firm­ing their sol­i­dar­ity, not in word but in deed,” he said.

“This means that the ter­ror­ists must not be given refuge any­where. There must be no dou­ble stan­dards. No con­tacts with ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions. No at­tempts to use them for self-seek­ing goals. No crim­i­nal busi­ness with ter­ror­ists.”

His re­marks came amid calls for Myan­mar to take ex­tra se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions fol­low­ing re­ports that 10 sus­pected mem­bers of the so-called Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror­ist group had en­tered neigh­bour­ing Thai­land, ac­cord­ing to Staff Briga- dier Gen­eral Thura Boni, speak­ing to Mizzima on Fri­day.

Thai Spe­cial Forces said that it had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence that 10 Syr­ian na­tion­als who are be­lieved to be mem­bers of the Is­lamic State had en­tered Thai­land be­tween Oct. 15 - 31.

Reuters re­ported on Dec. 4 that four IS sus­pects trav­elled to the Thai sea­side re­sort of Pat­taya, an­other two sus­pects had reached Phukhet, two sus­pects were in Bangkok and the des­ti­na­tion of the re­main­ing two was un­clear.

With­out nam­ing the coun­try, Putin blamed the United States for the po­lit­i­cal dis­aray in the Mid­dle East. He said Syria poses a “par­tic­u­larly high threat for Rus­sia. Many of them are cit­i­zens of Rus­sia and the CIS coun­tries.”

“They get money and weapons and build up their strength. If they get suf­fi­ciently strong to win there, they will re­turn to their home coun­tries to sow fear and ha­tred, to blow up, kill and tor­ture peo­ple. We must fight and elim­i­nate them there, away from home.”

Re­call­ing past clashes with ter­ror­ist groups, Putin said

Rus­sia’s strength “lies in the free de­vel­op­ment of all its peo­ples, its di­ver­sity, the har­mony of cul­tures, lan­guages and tra­di­tions, mu­tual re­spect for and di­a­logue be­tween all faiths, in­clud­ing Chris­tians, Mus­lims, Ju­daists and Bud­dhists.”

“We must firmly re­sist any man­i­fes­ta­tion of ex­trem­ism and xeno­pho­bia while de­fend­ing our eth­nic and re­li­gious ac­cord, which is the his­tor­i­cal foun­da­tion of our so­ci­ety and the Rus­sian state­hood,” he said.

(Me­dia, Mizzima)

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