MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. The spiritual leader of Russian Muslims, the Chair of Russia’s Muslim Spiritual Administration Ravil Gainutdinov, said on Saturday the Islamic world understands Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to hold a military operation in Ukraine.
"The entire Islamic world, the Arab world, treats our president’s decision with understanding. They are looking for the victory of Russian politics, and they have absolutely no interest in the hegemony of one country, in the creation of a unipolar world," he said.
"That is why no country in the Arab world imposed any sanctions on Russia. This is very important. Even as NATO members, even being under pressure, they refrain from imposing sanctions against our country," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.
"This means that the Islamic world has deep respect to our country and our Muslims," the official said.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a special military operation in response to a request for help from the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aimed to demilitarize and denazify the country. The US and its allies responded with severe sanctions and ramped up weapons supplies to Kiev.