Russian President Vladimir Putin indirectly stated that the interference of the United States caused the spread of extremism in the Middle East during his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly.
Putin said, “Social experiment for exports, attempts to push for changes within other countries based on ideological preferences often led to tragic consequences and degradation rather than progress. The export of revolutions, this time of so called democratic one continues. It sufficed to look at the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. Certainly, political and social problems in these regions have been piled up for a long time.”
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“Rather than bringing about reforms, an aggressive foreign interference has resulted in the brazen destruction of national institutions and the lifestyle itself. Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty, and social disaster. Nobody cares a bit about human rights including the right to life,” emphasized Putin.
Furthermore, Putin said he cannot help himself to ask those who caused such situations “Do you realized what you’ve done?” Putin said the policies based on self-conceit and beliefs in one’s exceptionality and impunity had never been abandoned.
Putin said US-led invasion in Iraq helped create the Islamic State
Putin blamed the United States for leading the invasion of Iraq in 2003, which helped create the Islamic State in the Middle East. He noted that the terrorist is now composed of tens of thousands of fighters including Iraqi servicemen who were thrown out of the street after the Iraq invasion.
He added that the decision of the UN Security Council’s decision in 2011 to authorize military actions against Libya including air strikes contributed to the further destabilization in the Middle East.
Putin said, “It is now obvious the power vacuum created in some countries of the Middle East and North Africa led to the creation of anarchic areas, which immediately started to be filled with extremists and terrorists.”
Putin calls for international coalition to fight Islamic State
Putin called for a “genuinely broad international coalition” to fight the Islamic State. He emphasized that the growth of the terrorist group posed a threat to all nations including Russia.
According to him, the Islamic State already established a foothold in Iraq and Syria and it is now seeking dominance in the Islamic world. Putin said the situation was “more than dangerous.”
“In these circumstances, it is hypocritical and irresponsible to make loud declarations about the threat of international terrorism while turning a blind eye to channels of financing and supporting terrorists including the proceeds of drug trafficking and illicit trades of arms.”
Putin also emphasized, “We cannot allow these criminals who have already tasted blood to return home and continue their evil doings.” He said Russian has been consistently fighting terrorism. It is providing military and technical assistance to Iraq, Syria, and other countries in the region to fight terrorist groups.
Putin said it was a great mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government in its fight against terrorism. He pointed out that no one but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the Kurdish militia are “truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist groups inside Syria.”
According to him, Russia’s proposal is not about its ambition, but it is about the recognition of the fact that we could no longer tolerate the current state of affairs of the world.” Russia said its proposal was to be “guided by common values and interests rather ambitions.”
Putin said in terms of international law, nations should join efforts o resolve problems similar to the anti-Hitler coalition to fight evil and hatred to humankind. According to him, the Muslim countries play a critical role in the coalition because the Islamic State poses a direct threat to them, and it is also desecrating Islam through bloody crimes. The militant’s ideology is mocking Islam and perverting its humanistic values.
He also called on Muslim spiritual leaders to use their authority and guidance to prevent their people from being recruited by militants and to help those who were already deceived by terrorists to find their way back to normal life and lay down their arms.