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    Russian MoD Strikes Back at NATO's Accusations of Fueling Tensions in Syria

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    The Russian Defense Ministry has blamed NATO countries for plunging Syria and the entire Middle East into chaos.

    Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov dismissed as ‘stupid’ a recent statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who said that  Russia's air strikes in Syria targeting rebel forces were "undermining" efforts to find a non-military solution to the war, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

    "What we have seen is that the intense Russian air strikes mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria are undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict," Stoltenberg said as he arrived for talks in Amsterdam with EU defense ministers.

    Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that it was the “NATO countries’ reckless action, which plunged the Middle Eastern region into chaos,” not the Russian military operation, that actually brought about the current crisis in Syria.

    "It is Russia’s aerial campaign of the past few months that helped the Syrians realize that they can fight on and destroy the international terrorists in their country," he said.

    General Konashenkov added that before Russia launched its aerial campaign in Syria, NATO countries had spent almost three years imitating a fight against international terrorism.

    "No one in the West then talked about a negotiated settlement in Syria. All they did was fixing the date of the country’s final breakup a-la Libya where the NATO countries felt so free to establish Western-style democracy," Igor Konashenkov said in conclusion.

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