Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the United States, among other nations, was responsible for the rise of terrorism in the Middle East. He added that ISIS followed the U.S. example of the use of force to achieve its ambitions to “create the caliphate from Spain to Pakistan.”
Russian news agency Tass reported that Lavrov had expressed himself to Singapore’s Channel News Asia on the rise of ISIS forces. “Of course, the actions by some of our colleagues, including the United States, to promote their own view of the world and to promote their vision [of] how all countries must live, including through using military force, including through changing legitimate governments - all this brought to life so many uncertainties and gave rise to people who want to use terrorist means to achieve their goals," Tass quoted Lavrov.
According to the Russian foreign minister, ISIS is a product of Middle Eastern and North African revolutions. He compared the promotion of Communism in the Soviet Union with that of terrorist ideas to explain that expanding an ideology by force could be dangerous. He added that nobody should impose their will on others by force.
Lavrov is not the only one to blame the United States for its activities in the Middle East. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Wednesday that U.S. authorities had asked his government to support “U.S.-trained militants” in the country, Press TV reported.
Muallem told his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a meeting in Tehran that there was no such thing as moderate militants. Whoever takes up arms against the Syrian government is a terrorist, he said.