Russia Warns Its Citizens of Dangers in Turkey

Putin answers journalists’ questions following the crash of a Russian military plane in Syria.
Putin answers journalists’ questions following the crash of a Russian military plane in Syria.

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the Russian Foreign Ministry is right to warn the country’s citizens about the dangers in Turkey.

“We don’t have much choice. After such a tragic event as the downing of our plane and death of our pilot, we have no choice but to take such measures,” Putin said while replying to journalists’ questions.

He added that Turkey’s current government has been following a domestic policy of quite conscious Islamicisation throughout the country for a number of years.

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“Islam is one of the world’s great religions and it is one of Russia’s traditional religions. We support Islam and will continue to do so. But the problem here is one of support for more radical currents, which creates an unfavourable environment that is not so evident at first glance,” Putin said.

He also said that Russia cannot rule out the possibility of other incidents similar to its plane crash in Turkey. If such incidents happen, we will have to respond one way or another, Putin made it clear.

“Our citizens in Turkey could face substantial risks, of course, and the Foreign Ministry has a duty to say this,” Putin said.

Photo courtesy: Kremlin

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