NEWS FROM RUSSIA
Russian President Calls Terrorism A Global Fight
Voice of America News reports: “Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev is calling on countries around the world to work together to defeat terrorism. He says Russia would not be intimidated by extremists and would continue the fight against terrorism until it won. Mr. Medvedev made his remarks during a keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Mr. Medvedev condemned the act of terrorism that claimed some 35 lives and injured more than 100 people. He said the bombing of the airport in Moscow has caused indignation throughout the world. And, he thanked the many world leaders who had sent their condolences. Together we mourn the loss of life. The pain from the loss of human lives, of course, will stay in our hearts for long. But, what has happened only strengthened our resolve to find an effective protection against international terror, he said.
Mr. Medvedev said the bombing was timed to prevent him from coming to Davos. He said those who committed this heinous crime expected it would bring Russia to its knees. But, they failed to achieve their goal.
He noted no country is immune to acts of terror. They can happen anywhere. Our success in countering this common threat depends very much on our solidarity and concerted action, particularly during the period where globalization has made our world much more interdependent than it was some time ago and we have to intensify and build upon our efforts in our joint struggle against terrorism, he said ” (Terrorism is prophesied to become a global fight Matthew 24:37: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” And Genesis 6:11: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” See also the next two reports.)
Chechen Rebel Leader Promises More Terror Attacks on Russia
Voice of America News reports: “Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov is vowing to carry out more terrorist attacks on Russia, and says Moscow faces a year of blood and tears if it does not relinquish control of the largely-Muslim North Caucasus.
Umarov leveled his latest threats in an undated Internet video aired on a Chechen rebel website. Dressed in military fatigues, the bearded Umarov also said a brother was being dispatched to Moscow to carry out an unspecified special operation. He said other blows will follow. Moscow has not commented on the video, which shows Umarov flanked by an unidentified male.
The recording made no direct reference to the Moscow airport bombing that killed 36 people and wounded nearly 200 others late last month. No one has claimed responsibility for that attack, but Moscow says it has identified a 20-year-old from the North Caucasus as the person who blew himself up January 24 in a crowded passenger area of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.
As the self-proclaimed Emir of the Caucasus, Umarov has sought to create an independent pan-Caucasus state governed by Muslim Sharia law. The proposed state would include Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and other mainly Muslim territory in Russia’s south ”
Russia ready for anti-terrorism cooperation, Medvedev tells foreign ambassadors
Ria Novosti reports: “Russia will always be an ally of counties fighting against terrorism, President Dmitry Medvedev said.
Russia will carry out an uncompromised fight against international terrorism and will always be a reliable ally of states that oppose terror by all legal means, Medvedev said during a presentation ceremony for foreign ambassadors’ credentials in Moscow.
International terrorism, which defies the fundamental rights and freedoms and democratic foundations of society and denies the value of a human life, remains a major threat to global security, he said.
Referring to the January 24 terrorist attack on Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, which killed 36 people and injured dozens, the president stressed that foreign citizens were among those killed ”