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    John Bachtell, the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) chairman, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "being demonized" in order to "justify NATO expansion, provocation, its aim for regime change in Syria, to block Russia's involvement in Syria."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — The US policy toward Russia, underscored by US officials' classification of Moscow and the terrorist group Islamic State (or Daesh in Arabic) as equal threats can be explained by the Washington political establishment's Cold War mentality, the chairman of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) told Sputnik on Thursday.

    On Monday, US Army Chief of Staff. Gen. Mark A. Milley, stated at a national defense conference in Washington, DC, that Russia and Daesh are at the top of the list of threats to the United States.

    "Some [US] foreign policy makers have never gotten out of the Cold War mentality and the long term policy of encirclement, isolation and undermining of Russia continues," John Bachtell, CPUSA chairman, said.

    At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated on Tuesday that Russia and the United States can work effectively on the fight against terrorism and Washington is not seeking to isolate Moscow.

    Speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bachtell said the he was "being demonized" in order to "justify NATO expansion, provocation, its aim for regime change in Syria, to block Russia's involvement [in Syria]."

    On Tuesday, Kerry held talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Putin in Moscow.

    Russia’s relations with the United States deteriorated in early 2014 largely due to Crimea's reunification with Russia and the escalation of the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

    For the first time, US President Barack Obama used the comparison of Russia with IS terrorists in the September 2014 speech at the UN General Assembly.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry called Obama's speech "a set of cliches and propaganda slogans."

    Last year, Russian top diplomat Sergei Lavrov said that Western politicians' habit to equate “Russian threat” to the actions of the IS militants was outrageous.


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