Events in Makhachkala were largely provoked from outside — Kremlin

Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman

© APA | Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman

# 30 October 2023 15:02 (UTC +04:00)

The events at Makhachkala airport were largely a result of outside interference, including external information influence, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told the media, APA reports cviting TASS.

"It is well known and obvious that yesterday's events around Makhachkala airport were largely a result of external interference, including information influence from outside," he said.

Peskov noted that against the background of television footage showing the horrors of what was happening in the Gaza Strip - the deaths of civilians, children, elderly people and medics - "it is very easy for the ill-wishers to take advantage of the situation for provocations and instigation."

Peskov pointed out that Russian President Vladimir Putin had always paid and continued to pay unflagging attention to these issues.

"Last week alone he held a thorough discussion with the leaders of Russia's confessions, where this topic was also discussed," Peskov recalled.

On October 29, mass unrest broke out at Makhachkala airport over the arrival of a regular flight from Tel Aviv amid the soaring tensions in the Middle East. A crowd of several hundred entered the airport building and the airfield. Later they were driven back by police. According to the latest data, more than 20 people, including police officers, were injured and 60 rioters were detained. The Dagestani authorities and clergy condemned the incident as a provocation.