MOSCOW (Web Desk) – Islamic State (IS or ISIS) has designs on the holy cities of Makkah, Medina, Jerusalem and endangers Europe and Russia, President Vladimir Putin said.
Moscow is concerned about IS-trained jihadists returning to EU countries, the CIS and Russia, reported RT.
The situation is very serious, Putin said, adding that Moscow is very worried that IS terrorists are publicly announcing their designs on Makkah, Medina and Jerusalem. The jihadists also plan to spread their activities to Europe, Russia, central and southeastern Asia.
“Extremists from many countries of the world, including, unfortunately, European counties, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) undertake ideological and military training in the ranks of Islamic State,” said Putin, while speaking at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe. “And certainly we are worried that they could possibly return.”
Putin said it’s necessary for geopolitical ambitions to be set aside in the fight against IS terrorists.
Russia is supporting the Syrian government in its fight against terrorism and will continue its support, Putin said.