(IntegrityPress.org) – Russia has condemned the recent violent Antisemitic riot that occurred at Makhachkala Airport in Dagestan but has slyly pointed fingers at the West regarding the events that unfolded.
On Sunday, October 29, an angry mob stormed Makhachkala Airport in Dagestan. Their primary motivation was to find passengers who were Jewish and were arriving from a flight coming from Israel. Rioters were apparently chanting anti-Semitic slogans during the riot, making the airport an extremely unsafe place for anybody coming from Israel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a “disturbing act of violence” and stated that Russia wants to confront these issues using dialogue and not violence. He also went on to blame the US and Ukraine for the incident, calling the US the “main beneficiary” of instability. Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russia, also echoed these sentiments.
The US reacted to these claims and called them “absurd”, accusing Putin of trying to shift the blame of not only the riots but the entire Israeli conflict on the West, mainly the US.
Countries worldwide have voiced their concerns about the incident and expressed their commitment to working collectively to prevent any further unrest.
The airport riot is a good example of the current tension between the Muslim world and Israel, as Dagestan is an Islamic republic. Russia, like many other countries, has interests in the region and has reasons for wanting to create stability.
According to the US, however, Russia’s role is questionable. Especially regarding the stance Putin has taken since the beginning of the conflict. Ever since the events in Israel, Putin has indicated he wishes to have closer ties with Muslim countries.
In the aftermath of the riots, over 20 people were left injured, and the authorities detained 60 people. Russia claims it stands “firm” in its commitment to peace and safety, both domestically and globally.
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