Russian leaders will try to prevent color revolutions in Russia and in countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
CSTO members are Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Vladimir Putin told the Mir 24 broadcaster that Moscow is aware of "various theories that are being implemented in different regions of the world, leading to serious destabilization in these regions."
"Of course nothing of this sort should be allowed, and we will do our best to behave appropriately in Russia and support our CSTO partners in every possible way," Putin said.
Putin has said that about 9,000 CIS citizens fight for the "Islamic State."
"According to various estimates, there are about 20,000 foreign militants fighting in Syria, including nearly 10,000 of them are from the CIS countries," Putin said. "Nine thousand at least. A little half of them are from Russia, and five thousand from the CIS countries, mostly the CSTO members. The threat is very big and real. We are aware of it, we understand the scale of this threat and we are to do our utmost to minimize it. We keep working on this."