Russian News Agency TASS report that President Vladimir Putin has said that the current leadership of Turkey purposefully supports the country’s Islamization.
“The problem is not in the tragedy we faced yesterday (the Su-24 incident), the problem is much deeper, ” the Russian leader told reporters. “We see — and not only we, I assure you that the entire world sees that — that the current leadership of Turkey has been for a number of years pursuing a purposeful policy of support and the Islamization of the country.”
TASS says Putin noted that Islam was a great world religion, which was one of the traditional religions, including in Russia. “We ourselves support Islam and will continue doing so, but the point at issue is the support of a more radical branch. And that in itself creates a very unfavorable environment, the atmosphere that one cannot see at first sight, ” Putin said.
Russian nationals staying in Turkey may be facing serious danger, the Russian president warned.
“After yesterday’s event we cannot rule out other incidents and if they happen, we will have to respond somehow. And our citizens in Turkey can, certainly, be in serious danger and the Foreign Ministry should announce this, ” Putin said.