Skip to comments.Putin Says Foreign Foes Use Radical Islam to Weaken Russia
Posted on 10/22/2013 7:42:59 PM PDT by marshmallow
(Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using radical Islam to weaken Russia and appealed to Muslim clerics to help reduce tensions after a deadly suicide bombing and nationalist riots.
The comments, his first on this month's riots in Moscow, were delivered in the mainly Muslim region of Bashkortostan and underlined Kremlin concerns that ethnic or religious tensions could threaten the unity of the Russian state.
Monday's suicide bombing, blamed on a Muslim woman from the North Caucasus, killed six people on a bus in Volgograd and raised fears about attacks as Russia prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"Some political forces use Islam, the radical currents within it ... to weaken our state and create conflicts on Russian soil that can be managed from abroad," Putin told Muslim clerics meeting in Ufa, Bashkortostan's capital, in southern Russia.
"Tensions between the West and the Islamic world are rising today, and someone is trying to gamble on that by pouring fuel on the fire," he added.
Putin did not say which foreign rivals could be fostering Islamist separatism. But he has often accused other countries, including the United States, of interfering in Russia's affairs and sought to deflect blame for problems onto other nations since securing a six-year third term as president last year.
The Moscow rioting began over suspicions that an ethnic Slav was stabbed to death by an Azeri national. Russian police later responded by rounding up hundreds of migrants.
Putin urged the clerics to help Muslim immigrants adapt to life in Russia to reduce the likelihood of such violence.
"They need to hear your voice," he said. "Otherwise they become the objects of propaganda by various fundamentalist groups."
The former KGB officer became president after directing a war against separatist Muslims.........
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At least the President is willing to address the issue. If this were obama, he’d be calling this a workplace violence incident.
I wish the USA had a real president who understood islamics.
obama is there bed buddies....
Pained to say that Putin - gets it.
Putin asks for peaceful mentoring and acclimation of "migrants" to join Russian society, rather than remain apart as diverse groups.
In America, Obama and Brown invite illegal alien criminals to rule over citizens and impose foreign cultural values by force while under jackboot protection.
Who's causing the problems, again?
Putin is correct. This is what is really going on around the world. Every society has been affected by the radical islam religion. It is because the rest of the world looks as this as a way to bring them into the free world. Islam will not change its veiw on other religions and dosen’t plan on doing so at any time. That is why we are seeing these brutal actions going on in Western Europe. They need to stay isolated and not coddled by the West.
So, Bammy really does have a Soviet strategery...
Could not agree more.
In the 80s with Reagan vs any-commie it was soooo easy to be American
Now we have a loser fag commie Marxist and a real man leading
It kind of saddens me but I know that in the end
AMERICA ALWAYS WiNS
We just need to WAkE up th morons goody Goody
That’ll be fun