4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria – Putin

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MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. At least 4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting with officers of the Northern Fleet.

“It is no less important for us that, unfortunately, a large number of militants, who came from former Soviet republics and from Russia itself, have accumulated in Syria,” Putin said. “According to our preliminary information, there are thousands of them, approximately nearly 4,000 Russians and about 5,000 nationals from republics of the former Soviet Union, according to the information of the General Staff’s GRU Main Intelligence Administration, FSB (Federal Security Service) and other our special services.”

Putin has pointed out that due to visa-free travel across almost entire post-Soviet space, one should realize what huge threat is hidden “in that hotbed of terrorism especially for us, for Russia.”

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