Second wave of terrorism rises in North Caucasus
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 4 / Trend E.Mehdiyev /
Recent terrorist attacks in Chechnya and Ingushetia give reason to talk about a second wave of terrorism in the North Caucasus, Center for Political Innovations and Technologies Director Mubariz Ahmedoglu told Trend on Tuesday.
He said the second wave is more dangerous than the first.
"Waging war on terrorism in the North Caucasus and Dagestan, Russia failed to destroy the roots of separatism, its steps were half-hearted. Central government has failed to improve attitude in other regions of the Russian Federation to the people from the North Caucasus," Ahmedoglu said.
He said that by supporting Armenian separatism, turning South Ossetia, with a population of 40,000 people into an independent state, it is impossible to stop the process of disintegration in the North Caucasus.
"Wanting to make the process of integration in the North Caucasus and Dagestan, Moscow has shown support for the process of disintegration, setting the stage for the establishment of a state for 40,000 Ossetians and the two states for 1.5 million Armenians," Ahmedoglu said.
Religious extremism in the first wave of separatism in the North Caucasus and Dagestan was not supported openly by officials of Muslim Arab states and Turkey. Now, when Russia has accused Saudi Arabia of issues related to Iran, Saudi Arabia sent a note to Russia, Ahmedoglu said.
He said a similar approach can be seen in the relations with Turkey.
"Public opinion in Turkey thinks that Russia uses PKK factor, supports Kurdish separatism to weaken Turkey. Disagreement between Turkey and Russia in the Syrian issue is also growing. Turkey has always had ample opportunity to intervene in the North Caucasus," Ahmedoglu said.
He noted that the most dangerous innovation in the North Caucasus and Dagestan are mutual accusation of leaders of Chechnya and Ingushetia in terrorist attacks committed on their territory.
The West may also be interested in a tense situation in the North Caucasus, Ahmedoglu said.
"Through the Arab states old schemes can be used. Russian attempts to restore the Soviet Union and its position in the Syrian issue seriously worry the West," Ahmedoglu said.