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Kremlin official says Arab spring consequences will be felt long

October 23, 2015, 21:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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Mikhail Belousov

Mikhail Belousov

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MOSCOW, October 23 /TASS/. The Arab spring consequences will be felt for a long time, and Russia should make up for its missed opportunities in the sphere of propaganda and ideology, a Kremlin administration representative said on Friday.

Mikhail Belousov, the deputy head of the presidential department for domestic policy, shared his impressions from a Russian TV footage devoted to Syria at a roundtable meeting at the Russian State Duma.

"It contained some triumphant rhetoric and rejoicing like we are beating the enemy and he is running; and soon we will win," Belousov said ahead of the discussion titled "Inter-Ethnic and Inter-Confessional Dialogue as Basis for Overcoming Global Threats and Challenges."

"At an expert level, we should understand that quick victory is impossible. The intrigue called ‘the Arab spring’ that started a few years ago will regrettably last for a long time," the expert warned.

"It should be admitted that Russia missed its chances in this field at its time. That is why we need to work together to restore these positions and make our voice heard at the state level, the level of confessional leadership and at the municipal level," Belousov said adding that about 5,000 natives from the former USSR were fighting on the side of the Islamic State, which is banned in Russia as an extremist group.

To conclude, Belousov said that it was necessary to conduct ideological work with Russian young people to prevent their recruitment into the IS ranks.

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