Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. File photo
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Qamishli, Syria – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East are in the interest of extremists, adding that “terrorist organizations” in Syria and Iraq committed heinous crimes against humanity.
Lavrov expressed Russia’s concerns about the growing conflicts in the Middle East, saying in an official statement on Thursday that the crises in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen turned into long-term disputes between siblings.
“These crises led to the death of hundreds of thousands, caused the suffering of millions, and resulted in the collapse of national economies, and the destruction of state institutions,” he added.
The Russian Foreign Minister pointed out that these developments are in favor of extremists and terrorists who can strengthen their positions amid the mounting chaos in the region.
Lavrov added that the radical Islamist organizations operating in Iraq and Syria, and a number of African countries, committed heinous crimes, including genocide and the prosecution against adherents of other religions.
Speaking to ARA News in Moscow, Syrian veteran politician Osama al-ham said that the Russian frequent veto at the Security Council has prevented the international community from taking any action in war-torn countries like Syria.
“Lavrov expresses his concerns about civilians in the Middle-East, while his government has for long supported dictators and provided a repressive regime like Assad’s to kill innocent people,” he said. “Russia should have recognized the serious consequences of their support to tyrant regime before expressing their concerns about radicalism.”
Reporting by: Mir Yaqoob
Source: ARA News