WASHINGTON — Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, basks in the spotlight after emerging the victor between him and U.S. President Barack Obama over Syria’s use of chemical weapons in their two-year-old civil war.
Reuters reported that Putin is wary of a spillover effect of Islamist militants and radicals throughout the Middle East region.
Putin warned its former Soviet Union bloc members of armed Islamist radicals dispersing to other regions and even to their borders. Countries like Tajikistan have a large Muslim minority, as does Russia, and this could spell more trouble in the near future.
Russia had withdrawn troops along the Tajik-Afghan border until recently planning to redeploy them after Western withdrawal from Afghanistan next year, for fears of spreading Islamist radicalism and violence in one of their former Soviet republics.
In his own words, addressing the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), he said:
“The militant groups (in Syria) did not come out of nowhere, and they will not vanish into thin air…”
“The problem of terrorism spilling from one country to another is absolutely real and could directly affect the interests of any one of our countries…We are now witnessing a terrible tragedy unfold in Kenya. The militants came from another country, as far as we can judge, and are committing horrendous, bloody crimes”
The CSTO is made up of former Soviet republics in Central Asia.