Medvedev predicts 'fires for decades' in Arab world

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 22, 2011 15:14

MOSCOW — Russian news agencies on Tuesday quoted President Dmitry Medvedev as predicting decades of instability in the Arab world if protesters whom he calls fanatics come to power, adding no such scenario will be permitted at home.

State agencies RIA Novosti and ITAR-Tass cited Medvedev as saying at a security meeting on Tuesday that it is "quite probable" that "fanatics" could come to power. He did not name countries but was referring to the crisis in the Middle East and North Africa — which has brought down governments in Tunisia and Egypt and sparked protests in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Morocco and Jordan.

Medvedev said troubled countries face "fires for decades and the spread of extremism."

Any attempts to repeat the scenario in Russia would be quashed, he said.


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