World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking at the Council on Interethnic Relations on Tuesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin called on Russian Muslim leaders to assert themselves more, and condemned those who try to divide his country with anti-Muslim rhetoric.
“Today tension between Western powers and the Muslim world is growing. Some politicians try to take advantage of it adding fuel to the fire. We’re not interested in it,” Putin said.
President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using Islam to weaken the Russian state, a day after a suicide bombing blamed on a Muslim woman.
"Some political forces use Islam, the radical currents within it ... to weaken our state and create conflicts on Russian soil that can be managed from abroad," Putin told Muslim clerics at a meeting in the Russian city of Ufa.
Putin was speaking about 1,000 km (620 miles) northeast of Volgograd, where the female suicide bomber from the mainly Muslim North Caucasus killed six people on a bus on Monday.
He did not say which foreign rivals he was referring to.Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 17:53