MOSCOW, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Muslims were a target of a terrorist attack in New Zealand, affirming that his country will prevent such acts on its territories.
In a statement to the Russian television, Putin stated, “We certainly condole victims in New Zealand following this terrible terrorist act, which was definitely aimed to undermine the situation in the country.” He asked the Russian community to be aware of these destructive plans and fight them to prevent them from taking place in the country.
Last Friday, 50 people were killed and as many wounded in a twin shooting on Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch City in New Zealand.
Moreover, Putin added that he has invited the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to opening ceremony of one of Europe’s largest mosques in Crimea, asserting that Russia will develop its relation with Turkey, along with Russia’s friends in the world.
He added that the number of Muslims in Russia are increasing and many of them go to Hajj yearly, hailing the Saudi authorities for helping and assisting Russian Muslim pilgrims to conduct their rituals.
The grand mosque in Crimea is considered one of the largest mosques in Europe, where it is built on 5,700 square meters, and can house over 2,600 worshipers.
The project started in 2016, and is estimated to be over by this year.
Source: Kuwait News Agency