2017-09-04 16:06:00

Chechnya head ready to speak against Moscow's course if Russia supports Myanmar authorities

Moscow, September 4, Interfax - Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, said he will speak out against the Russian political administration's course if it supports the Myanmar authorities who are encroaching on the rights of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State.

"Even if Russia supports the shaitans who are now committing crimes - I am against Russia's position. Because I have my own vision, my position," Kadyrov said in a video posted on YouTube on Monday.

"One needs to look at the geography, where this state is located, what states are around it, where Muslims live. It's impossible to send troops there because that is a prerogative of the state. There is an agreement, interaction, understanding. You cannot do what you want. But if I could, if it was possible, I would even strike it with nuclear [weapons], I would just destroy those people who are killing children, women, and old people," Kadyrov said.

The events in Myanmar "are an unbearable pain for Muslims, for the whole of mankind," he said. "Many Buddhists, not even Muslims, are writing to me, they say it's lawlessness, it's genocide," Kadyrov said.

Kadyrov said the approach of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the situation in Myanmar is close to his. "Erdogan's position is the best and the most open, we support him," Kadyrov said.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State in Myanmar "genocide of Muslims."

On Sunday, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin was concerned about the reports on the operation conducted by Myanmar security forces against the Rohingya people.

Myanmar authorities are conducting the operation in the Rakhine State against Rohingya people, whom they consider to be Islamic militants and whom the Myanmar media have called 'Bengal terrorists.' This has resulted in the death of 400 people, including 350 Rohingya.

The Rohingya consider themselves an indigenous people of today's Myanmar Rakhine State, although most historians believe they moved to Myanmar when it was still a British colony. The authorities and people of Myanmar, where the main religion is Buddhism, consider Rohingya Muslims illegal migrants from Bangladesh and therefore deny them citizenship. The conflict between the Rohingya and Burmese, who are Buddhists, in the Rakhine State has smoldered for many years.