Deputy Russia FM: Western Mideast policies ‘short-sighted’
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - The Associated Press
REUTERS PhotoA deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that “short-sighted’” Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Vasily Nebenzya spoke May 22 at a regional World Economic Forum conference.
Nebenzya said Syrian President Bashar Assad has made mistakes, but is “being supported by a portion of the population.”
The Russian diplomat says “it is difficult to imagine how the sides [in Syria] can talk these days,” but that any solution is up to Syrians.
In a reference to Western powers, he said external players involved in regional conflicts lack a clear strategy. He said he’s been “puzzled by the short-sightedness.”