PYATIGORSK, December 4 (RIA Novosti) – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Wednesday that a special security unit is being formed in Chechnya to deal with Syrian radicals both on the North Caucasus republic’s territory and abroad, if necessary.
Kadyrov said the move came as a response to numerous online videos in which Islamists battling government forces in Syria threaten to move to the North Caucasus when the Syrian war is over and engage in terrorist and subversive activities in the volatile region.
He said that both the government and residents of Chechnya were getting increasingly concerned about those threats and consider them a serious challenge to security in the Russian republic.
“We are not going to listen to those threats and watch this plague encroaching on the Russian border,” the Chechen leader said. “That’s why the republic’s law enforcement agencies and administration are taking an array of preventive measures.”
Members of the special unit will be ready to interfere in the Syrian conflict, if such operation is authorized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kadyrov said.
“On an order from the commander-in-chief, the unit will be ready to start neutralizing in their lairs those who while in Syria threaten Russia,” Kadyrov said.