The announcement of jihad in connection with the USA military action against Iraq declared by head of the Central religious board of Muslims of Russia Talgat Tajuddin leads to cleavage among the Russian Muslims, M.Shaimiev declared on Friday in the interview with Interfax. "I know the awareness and alarm of the Tatarstan Muslims and Muslims of nearby regions in connection with the situation in Iraq and I am sure that among them there was no appeals to jihad or to other extreme measures". Interfax, April 4, 2003.
Tatarstan leader Mintimer Shaimiev believes the USA military action against Iraq has far-reaching strategic objectives. In his interview with Interfax M.Shaimiev said that establishing of a pro-American government in Iraq will allow the United States to further strengthen its influence not only on the Arabian world, but also on the European market.
Interfax, April 5, 2003.