Putin: Turkish Leaders Pushing For ‘Islamization’ of Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Turkey’s political leadership is encouraging the Islamisation of Turkish society, a bigger problem than the shooting down of last week’s downing of a Russian fighter jet.

“The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday,” Putin said a day after the tragic shooting last week.

“The problem is much deeper. We observe […] that the current Turkish leadership over a significant number of years has been pursuing a deliberate policy of supporting the Islamisation of their country.

“We ourselves support Islam and will continue doing so, but the point at issue is the support of a more radical branch. And that in itself creates a very unfavorable environment,” Putin said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov continued the offensive, telling reporters that Moscow’s “attitude to the Turkish people hasn’t changed” and they “only have questions about the Turkish leadership.”

Lavrov will meet with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in the coming days to discuss what Putin has called a “stab in the back.” The Russian Foreign Minister also that Russia had “no intention to go to war with Turkey.”

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