Russia warns of Syria “terrorist threat” if Assad falls

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Russia warned on Wednesday that “terrorist organisations” may arise in Syria should President Bashar al-Assad’s regime fall under pressure from ongoing street protests.

“If the Syrian government is unable to hold on to power, there is a high probability that radicals and representatives of terrorist organisations will become entrenched,” Interfax quoted a top foreign ministry official as saying.

Russia has been attracting increasing international anger over its continued support for Syria despite a government crackdown on protests that the United Nations estimates have killed around 2 600 people.

Moscow has refused to support Western sanctions against its Soviet-era ally and argues that equal pressure should also be placed on protesters who refuse to engage Assad in direct talks.

President Dmitry Medvedev last week also said that some of those taking part in the Syrian demonstration had links to “terrorists”.

The foreign ministry’s new challenges and threats department chief Ilya Rogachyov said that Libya could become another safe haven for extremist groups following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

“Strange things are happening in Libya,” Interfax quoted Rogachyov as saying during a lecture in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg.

“Weapons storages have been burgled and no one knows what happened,” he said. “We can say with a high degree of probability that the weapons fell into the hands of the regional department of al-Qaeda.”

Russia heavily criticised the Nato-led campaign against Gaddafi’s forces after abstaining on a UN vote that authorised the action.

News 24

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10 responses to “Russia warns of Syria “terrorist threat” if Assad falls”

  1. Patience2 Avatar

    Russia is grabbing at straws, now!  It’s strictly a money thing with them … make the world nervous about Assad’s demise and MAYBE Russia’s commercial interests will survive.

  2. Patience2 Avatar

    Russia is grabbing at straws, now!  It’s strictly a money thing with them … make the world nervous about Assad’s demise and MAYBE Russia’s commercial interests will survive.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The Russians would have rather planted their feet on the ground, rolled over the country, and taken over everything to make sure that no-one had weapons after Qadaffi – which would probably be the best idea – but then they would have made all the people angry anyway.
      Knowing this, they wanted to stay out if it (why should anyone care?); but ‘the west’ wanted to help in some way – so now everyone hates ‘the west’ instead and Russia can say anything it wants to. And yes of course, there will be some TRIBES not happy with how those countries evolve because they want to go back in time and have ‘power’ over people in small areas. 
      These are the ones to worry about – like the Taliban who want to force ALL to live life their way, or al-Quaeda and the ANC youth in South Africa who want to kill all white men, or Ayatollas who want dictatorial powers based on religious precepts. It takes a long time to put in place a system where most of the people agree that it is better to live in peace, quiet and some prosperity – and for sure, the Russians know about that problem after their 70-yr experiment with communism failed, and some tribes went immediately back to trying extermination policies.
      But keeping the ‘Assad Kingdom’ in place is not going to stop idiots from thinking that killing people to ‘make a statement’ is the best way.

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    Russia is grabbing at straws, now!  It’s strictly a money thing with them … make the world nervous about Assad’s demise and MAYBE Russia’s commercial interests will survive.

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    The Russians would have rather planted their feet on the ground, rolled over the country, and taken over everything to make sure that no-one had weapons after Qadaffi – which would probably be the best idea – but then they would have made all the people angry anyway.
      Knowing this, they wanted to stay out if it (why should anyone care?); but ‘the west’ wanted to help in some way – so now everyone hates ‘the west’ instead and Russia can say anything it wants to. And yes of course, there will be some TRIBES not happy with how those countries evolve because they want to go back in time and have ‘power’ over people in small areas. 
      These are the ones to worry about – like the Taliban who want to force ALL to live life their way, or al-Quaeda and the ANC youth in South Africa who want to kill all white men, or Ayatollas who want dictatorial powers based on religious precepts. It takes a long time to put in place a system where most of the people agree that it is better to live in peace, quiet and some prosperity – and for sure, the Russians know about that problem after their 70-yr experiment with communism failed, and some tribes went immediately back to trying extermination policies.
      But keeping the ‘Assad Kingdom’ in place is not going to stop idiots from thinking that killing people to ‘make a statement’ is the best way.

  6. This is what I fear as well.

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    This is what I fear as well.

  8. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    this is a bs ,why would a country like russia with 28,000 nuclear weapons be worry about a few syrians terrossist?
    he is lying ;the truth is russia do,nt give a damm about the syrian people , the  russian fear is if syria becomes democratic they may not buy weapons from them anymore ,and they wo,nt make no more money with that country.

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    this is a bs ,why would a country like russia with 28,000 nuclear weapons be worry about a few syrians terrossist?
    he is lying ;the truth is russia do,nt give a damm about the syrian people , the  russian fear is if syria becomes democratic they may not buy weapons from them anymore ,and they wo,nt make no more money with that country.

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