Putin will be ‘anti-Christ’ to Sunnis, ex Nato boss says

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia’s involvement in Syria will see Vladimir Putin become “the anti-Christ” for Sunni Muslims, a former Nato secretary general said.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer made the comments as the Russian president called for countries to act together against terrorism – condemning the Turkey bombing.

Mr de Hoop Scheffer told Channel 4 News that Mr Putin will be “the anti-Christ for every single Sunni in the Middle East. He’s defending Bashar al-Assad, he is joining hands with Hezbollah, joining hands with Iran and potentially joining hands with a Shia government in Baghdad”.

President Putin has defended Moscow’s intervention in Syria as government troops backed by Russian airstrikes have advanced against insurgents in the country.

Meanwhile, more than 50 Labour MPs are said to be ready to defy leader Jeremy Corbyn and back military intervention David Cameron has indicated he wants a fresh Commons vote on extending UK action from Iraq into Syria.