President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian interior ministry to conduct preventive strikes against terrorists.
“Your activity in this direction should have a preventive character,” Putin was quoted by RIA-Novosti as saying during a meeting with top interior ministry officials in the Kremlin.
“We understand the serious tasks that the Russian law enforcement agencies are currently facing, first of all, the interior bodies and internal troops.”
Putin added that recent strikes in London, Iraq, Turkey, Israel and Egypt, as well as “crimes against authority officials in Chechnya and Dagestan” show that terrorism remains the main global threat. “In this case, Russia will fulfill an important part of the joint work in the area of the fight against terrorism.”
Senior Russian Army officials have already spoken of the country’s right to carry out preventive strikes against terrorist. Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said in June that Russia is even ready to start a preventive war against other countries to avert terrorist threats.
“The right to the strike has been announced, and we reserve it for ourselves,” he said, adding that such a war is possible only if “we are 100 percent sure that the threat (to Russia) is right here and right now.”
In March, he said that Russia’s right to carry out such strikes is “supported by the UN Security Council resolution adopted after the tragedy in Beslan.”