Today, speaking at the expanded meeting of the board of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Putin said, that Russian actions are dictated not by abstract interests, but the intention to defend their country, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to TASS.
“I order you to act very tough, – he said at an expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry Collegium. – Any target that threaten Russia’s group (of Air Forces – Ed.) or our terrestrial infrastructure must be destroyed immediately.”
Russian president said: “Our actions were dictated by not some unclear abstract geopolitical interests or the desire to work out and test new weapons systems. It is not the point, the point is to prevent the threat to the Russian Federation.”
Putin also said, that the representatives of different ethnic groups (living in Russia – prim.TASS), “not only from the North Caucasus, but also from other regions, not only take active and open participation in the fighting, but also flaunt their participation in the punitive actions.” According to him, the gunmen in Syria have created “a real foothold.” “Their plans were clear: to strengthen and move its expansion into new regions,” – said Russian president.