JNN 12 Nov 2015 Moscow : The Russian president said his priority was to protect citizens living abroad, regardless of where they were.
That could include action to safeguard Russians living in the North African state of Libya, which has been ravaged by violent Islamic extremism since the fall of dictator Colonel Gaddafi.
Speaking at the fifth World Congress of Compatriots in Moscow, Mr Putin said: “People who are not in Russia due to various reasons should be firmly sure: we will always protect your interests.
“Moreover, in difficult and crisis situations, such as in Libya, Syria or Yemen.”
Russia has been providing humanitarian aid to Yemen since the outbreak of the civil war in March.
The Arab state has suffered from internal conflict between Saudi-backed separatists and forces loyal to the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi based in the south, and Iran-backed Houthi forces and those loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Russia is allied to Iran as the main backers of President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict in Syria.
The United Nations (UN) estimates around 5,000 people have been killed in the conflict since March, more than half of them civilians.
It comes as Russia revealed it has pounded a staggering 263 ISIS targets in Syria over the last two days as Putin steps up his bid to wipe out the terror group.
Moscow’s jets carried out 81 strikes on targets belonging to ISIS and other militants across Syria, according to the Russian defence ministry.
Russian bombers “destroyed a large fortified location of Islamic State Terrorists,” including an air-defence gun and a tank, a defence spokesman said.
A spokesman said the bombers “destroyed a large fortified location” of sick fanatics including an air-defence gun and a tank.
The Statement of the Russian President clearly shows his will to move ahead step by step with his Plan to have a firm grip on the Prevailing Situation in Libya , Yemen , after the elimination of terrorists from Syria , where they are already in control of the situation , and the Internal Situation of Syria is Improving in favour of Bashar al Asad Govt forces , as they are being Backed up by Russian Air Defence and Air Power.