Isis has designs on the holy cities of Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem and poses a danger to Europe, Vladimir Putin has reportedly said.
The Russian President said the situation is “very serious” and that Moscow is worried trained jihadists from the group – which refers to itself as the Islamic State – plan to return to EU countries and Russia, according to Russia Today.
“Extremists from many countries of the world, including, unfortunately, European counties, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States undertake ideological and military training in the ranks of Islamic State,” Mr Putin reportedly said.
“Certainly we are worried that they could possibly return.”
RT said the Kremlin also expressed fears that Isis members are publicly announcing designs on the three major holy cities of Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.
Russia has reportedly called for a “wide coalition” to fight extremists “without delay”.
Full article: Isis ‘has designs on’ Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem and is a danger to Europe, Vladimir Putin warns (The Independent)