Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s North Caucasian republic of Chechnya, says France bears responsibility for the fatal attack committed by the young Chechenya-born man in Paris.
The Chechen leader extended his condolences to the family of the man stabbed by Khamzat Azimov but refused to accept any responsibility by Chechnya for the attack. He wrote on his Telegram channel, “I think it necessary to say that the entire responsibility for Khamzat Azimov’s turning to crime rests with the French authorities. Chechnya is only his birth place, but he grew up in French society, where his personality, with his views and principles, was moulded.” Although born in Chechnya, Azimov was not a Chechnyan citizen, claimed Kadyrov. “His passport is invalid as he skipped issuance of a new one at the age of 20,” he said.