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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Thursday, November 26, 2015

Putin and Hollande united in fear of attacks

The fear of concrete terrorist acts will unite Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart François Hollande at their meeting today, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: "The deployment of the North Caucasus fighters in Syria initially brought Moscow and the North Caucasus advantages. … But after the attack on the Russian passenger jet over the Sinai Peninsula and the Paris attacks, clearly Putin too is worried that the momentary calm is deceptive and that Russia, like Europe, is threatened by a wave of violence. In a new video the IS promised that 'soon, very soon' blood would flow in Russia. The Islamic State would take the Caucasus away from Russia, a radical imam from the so-called IS government district of Dagestan said, adding: 'We will kill you, we will butcher you, we will burn you.' The threats have convinced many Russians that the Kremlin is not just waging a distant war for Assad in Syria but directly defending Russia's interests."

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