Prof. Dr. Salih Yilmaz has evaluated the reflections of Russia’s inclusion to the war in Syria with its soldiers and airplanes on the Russian public and said that Russian public opinion has supported the military operations but this could have a reverse effect if Russia suffers any military casualties.
Yildirim Beyazit University lecturer Prof. Dr. Salih Yilmaz explained the reason of sympathy towards the operations in Russia by Syrian public opinion: “People blame USA as the main reason of the drop in their purchasing power. Also, Russian public opinion relates these attempts of attack with the Caucasian jihadists in Syria.”
FOR NOW, THERE IS SUPPORT
Prof. Dr. Yilmaz said that majority of Russian population supports the operations in Syria and added: “There are some weak criticisms of the operations among the Russian public. But the majority considers the situation in Syria as a response to the embargoes of USA and Europe in particular. As a result of the embargoes which began last year, unemployment increased and prices became higher. People blame USA as the main reason of the drop in their purchasing power. Also, Russian public opinion relates these attacks with the Caucasian jihadists in Syria. There are approximately 3 thousand fighters from Russia in Syria. The possibility of their return to Russia is a big concern for the public and the state. State has declared that it aims to destroy these fighters in Syria before they return Russia. And this goal is being explained to the public. Russians do not want the land forces to engage in a war. But the majority supports air operations. This support might reverse if the land forces are engaged and any soldiers die. For now, Russian public opinion supports the operations in Syria.”
WILL THERE A POSSIBLE “BOMBED ATTACK” IN MOSCOW?
Answering the question of whether the existence of Russia in Syria would cause any bombed attacks in Moscow or other metropolis, Prof. Dr. Yilmaz said: “There is a concern of attack in Moscow for the last 3 months. You can feel the security measures in every sphere of life. Russian state makes great efforts to prevent the concerns and fear of public. The operations in Dagestan are executed accordingly. But the operations in Syria increase the possibility of such an attack in Russia. Russian people already have a distant position and psychology towards the Caucasians. Metro attack and the attacks in Beslan had a psychological effect. For instance, it is very hard and troublesome for a Caucasian to rent a house in Moscow. We can also consider the Syrian operation of Russia as a precaution against the possible attacks into its soil. Because, an attack in Russia, especially in Moscow, will cause psychological and economic devastation”.