ISIS released a 5-minute video one day before the Paris attacks, threatening to attack Russia “very soon”.
In the video, a chant is heard in Russian over visual compilations of old ISIS footage intercut with footage of Russian cities and buildings.
The video, titled “Soon Very Soon the Blood Will Spill like an Ocean”, was posted to social media two weeks after a Russian commercial jet crashed into the Sinai in Egypt which ISIS claimed responsibility for.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow: “I’ve read news about this video, but have not seen it myself. I don’t know the authenticity of this video, and I don’t know the authenticity of these sources.
“But in any case I’m sure this material will be subject of scrutiny by our special services.”
Russian air power has backed the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s military in its fight against ISIS since October 1. While Russian officials have said their airstrikes target ISIS, U.S. officials have said some have not been in areas where the terror group is operating.
Russia has no wish to see Syria become a radical Islamist state or a long-term safe haven for terror groups, with possible consequences for its own Muslim regions in the Caucasus. It is “also concerned about the possible return to Russia of the 2,000 or more Russian-speakers currently fighting against Assad’s forces,” Nikolay Kozhanov of the Carnegie Moscow Center said last month.
ISIS has threatened Russia before, even prior to Moscow’s military support in Syria.