Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed US claims accusing President Assad’s regime for the rise of ISIS.
Vitaly Churkin, said that the Islamic State’s rise goes back to the US-led intervention in Iraq.
In a briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby said that Russia should not back Syria against the terrorists and that president Assad was to blame for ISIS . He also said that Iraq was much better off because of the US invasion.
RT reports: “ISIS appeared and became active in Iraq when the militants began storming Baghdad … So, Islamic State ripened in Iraq during the U.S. occupation … the American occupation should be blamed for the rise of ISIS,” Vitaly Churkin said in a TV interview to the Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya.
He also added that it was time to “start creating an international coalition to fight ISIS, which is what President Putin’s proposing,” referring to the Russian president’s speech at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Tuesday.
“Russia, as you know, has proposed to form a wide coalition to fight extremists without any delay. It should unite everyone who is ready and is already contributing to tackling terrorism,” Putin said at the CSTO summit speaking about the Islamic State threat.
In his Wednesday interview, Vitaly Churkin called the current US-led coalition fighting Islamic State “flawed.”
“The coalition acts without the UN Security Council mandate and lacks some very important actors such as the Syrian government. That is why it is flawed,” he said.
The Russian envoy to the UN also criticized the US policy towards Syria by saying that it “raises serious questions” and “creates a dangerous precedent.”
“All Russia’s actions in Syria are coordinated with the Syrian government and stay within the norms of the international law,” he added, and once again emphasized that Russia disagrees with the US statements claiming that Russian help to the Syrian authorities negatively affects the situation in this country.