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Causes and consequences of current terrorist threat in Europe

New information hysteria windings are wound on the spool of life. Even peaceful Belarusians are beginning to worry: will anything happen to us? The Islamic State did not include Belarus in the list of its enemies. A few days ago extremists such a list. It somehow turned out that both Moldova and Ukraine were on that list on a par with Russia, USA and France. All in all it includes one-third of the world, 60 countries.

Throughout Europe it is dangerous today. We will be talking on the causes and consequences of such threat to the guest of our program. In our studio is international journalist, a representative of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company in the supervisory board of the Euronews channel Pyotr Fyodorov.

Pyotr Rafaelevich, hello.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
Hello! Thanks for the invitation.

How do you feel in Minsk? Probably not like in Paris, thank God.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
I have just arrived at night, the last time I was here two years ago. Minsk has changed only for the better. I have been to many Eastern European capitals. I think that Minsk is more beautiful and elegant than Warsaw and Riga. That's for sure.

Can the situation change somehow given what is happening in Europe today, in Paris? We're also a part of Europe. As well as Russia.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
I think it is difficult to predict anything, because, you see, three weeks ago we could hardly imagine that we would see that series of terrorist attacks in Paris. 
If we are talking about the problem of refugees in general, we are not threatened, because, as I understand the situation, the refugees want to become part of the "golden billion" in those countries where they get very high unemployment benefits without employment obligations. Belarus is a country where one needs to work in the right way.

Let's talk about freedom and the power of the media. Today, media probably plat a greater role in people's minds than those explosions.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
I agree with you 100%. And I think the problem lies in the fact that even in such media as Euronews, which, until recently has been a public broadcaster, more than private, yet a question of making money is very important. And His Majesty Rating distorts understanding of journalistic ethics everywhere.  This is also happening in Russia. And this is the so-called mainstream information, where, if there is a terrorist attack, all the media need to report about it, otherwise they will lose audience.

But look: the terrorist attacks in Paris, where more than 100 people were killed; the aircraft blown up by terrorists in Egypt, which killed more than 200 people; the terrorist attacks in Turkey killing large numbers of people. But information flows are not comparable. I get the impression that Armageddon is happening only in Paris and not in Turkey or Russia, thank God.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
Of course, politics has its influence. You're absolutely right. But in addition to it money also has its influence. If we evaluate these tragedies taking into account the financial strength of the territory in which they happened, it appears that Europe is a much more powerful financial area than the Sinai Peninsula or Egypt. This is a but cynical of me, I understand. But apart from money there are also traditions and background and emotions involved. Because Paris has created itself an image of the center of arts, the center of bliss, the pleasures and cooking.

And now terrorism.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
Yes. And then there comes the attack. I would say these are the explanations.

You live in Moscow. Is there a feeling in Russia that something similar could happen?

Pyotr Fyodorov:
You felt tension in Moscow. And I have no doubt, that feeling of yours is correct. But when I come to Minsk I feel like I'm on vacation.  Moscow is a very busy city in general, like New York. I am from Moscow and I feel that tension every day.    

In Moscow people did not burn cars, as it has been done in France over the years. Moscow doesn't have to prohibit the hijab. And why has this been happening in Paris all these years?

Pyotr Fyodorov:
The good news is that some French journalists have stated to take a closer look at the experience of centuries-old Russia. After all, Russia has been living with the Tatars, who are also Muslims, for about 500 years. Russian Tatars are a very passionate nation. They are very strong in politics, in management and in business. And I am proud of the many friends of mine who Tatar roots or Muslim or Islamic roots.

This is a separate issue, we can talk about Crimean Tatars and their role in the Crimea.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
Yes. But you know... Moderate Islam in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan is classical Islam. This is a shield against Islamism. This must be understood. In France there are enclaves inhabited by immigrants or people with Islamic roots, who live according to their own laws, not recognizing the Constitution of France, considering the French police as an occupation army, dreaming of a revolt against injustice, which does not give them social mobility, unless you are an athlete, a football player at best. But there is one more thing. There is a general state of Europe.   In my understanding (I worked for 8 years in France, I traveled to Europe, and I would like to say that I feel it - it is sometimes less important than knowing the facts) Europe does not have a plan. The EU was the expansion plan. The expansion is over. There is no room to expand further. They tried ...
There was pressure on Belarus, so that you changed the political structure and engaged in this orbit, tear apart the cooperation and alliance with Russia. I just witnessed it. Working on Euronews I interviewed the Belarusian opposition. But now you see that these plans are postponed if not forgotten. And Europe, Brussels is changing attitudes and rhetoric with regards to your wonderful country. But the only plan of Europe I can talk about is to extend as long as possible a golden retirement of the continent, to preserve what it has and protect the well-being. But there is no plan for further development. In these circumstances, the third generation of immigrants negates that Western European hedonism. These guys are not for spreading Islam in France. They rioted against restrictions against their own mullahs. They just want to get more pleasure so that there are no bans on drugs, drinks, the maximum possible amount of pleasure, which they are deprived of if we compare them with the Gallo-French. This is also a surprising factor. Hence we have burned cars. This has become a kind of subculture of French suburbs. Figures are actually monstrous. When almost 1,000 cars are burning ahead of the New Year and 300 people are arrested on arson charges... When a journalist says "this New Year's Eve was quiet as only 940 cars were burned, 50 fewer than last year", isn't that horrible?

Given this history, this experience, many of the new EU countries are reluctant to accept refugees. Poland, in particular.

After all, soldiers come to Europe this stream of people.

Pyotr Fyodorov:
Terrorists, yes. ISIL soldiers. Also, their own citizens are returning after receiving the experience of war and military hostilities.

Will Europe be divided on this ground?

Pyotr Fyodorov:
We constantly hear rhetoric about solidarity and unity of the European Union. But Europe is already divided.  In 2008, when economic problems emerged there was offered a concept of "Europe of two speeds". And the first speed is the "old" Europe. And there is the second speed - countries in south-eastern Europe, in the south of Europe. We are all together, we agree, we are united, but speeds are different. Therefore, you are absolutely right: the threat of separation exists. The EU is already pressing for the Baltic countries to take a small number of refugees. But I think that the EU will "digest" it all, I would put it like that. It's an amazingly flexible structure. It is very, very stable, able to work out compromises, trade-offs and decisions that seemed impossible yesterday, and today they cleverly justify why it should be like this and not like that. They will survive but there will be problems.

Let them survive then!

Pyotr Fyodorov:
And we do not mind.

Thank you.

Representative of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company in the supervisory board of the Euronews channel Pyotr Fyodorov