Budapest, October 31, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed concern by the complicated situation of the Christians in the Middle East and their mass exodus from this region.
"Russia is making insistent and consistent efforts to help bring peace and stability to the Middle East. As is well-known, our country has done a lot to counter such a universal evil, as terrorism, including in the Middle East on the whole, and on the Syrian land in particular, and in the fight against ISIL [a terrorist group banned in Russia]," the Russian president said at a meeting with the leaders of the Christian Churches in the Middle East.
The leaders are holding a meeting, which was organized by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
"In spite of the fact that the Middle East is a cradle of the Christianity, nevertheless, we are now seeing a very hard situation, in which the Christians of the Middle East ended up," the Russian president said. "These are murders, violence, and robberies. We are seeing the exodus of the Christians from the Middle East, what's more, a mass one. This cannot but concern us," Putin said.