Bin Laden death to impact Russia: Medvedev

11th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's death could directly impact Russia's security and demanded added protection measures at the country's foreign embassies.

"Certain events happening abroad can directly reflect on our interests and events inside our country," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Medvedev as telling a security meeting.

"The elimination of terrorists -- even of someone on a par with the destroyed bin Laden -- has a direct effect on the security level within our state."

Medvedev also called on extra protection measures to be put in place at embassies and foreign representative offices of state companies.

The Kremlin issued a formal statement May 2 hailing bin Laden's elimination by US special forces in Pakistan.

But Medvedev's comments are his first in public on the subject, with the Russian leader expected to discuss the operation when he meets visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday.

Russia has linked Al-Qaeda to rebels fighting government forces in the mostly Muslim North Caucasus republics, and Medvedev drew that parallel again on Wednesday.

"It is no secret that the Al-Qaeda terror network has regularly been and continues to send its emissaries" to Russia, Medvedev said.

© 2011 AFP

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