MOSCOW, September 7. /TASS/. Moscow does not engage in "social engineering" in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Monday.
Several European media outlets reported earlier that the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia stroke a deal on removing Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. "Unfortunately, we have to state that some political circles in the West have been demonstrating lately a complete loss of ability to learn from their own mistakes, even when tragic consequences of these mistakes are becoming more obvious for Europeans themselves," Zakharova said. "Blatant interference into the affairs of Middle Eastern countries has already led to the emergence of an instability zone in the close proximity to the European continent. Terrorism and extremism threats have considerably grown," she said.
"Thousands and thousands of refugees from troubled states that underwent experiments in the spirit of social engineering are practically bursting through the doors of the European home, first of all from Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan," the diplomat continued.
However, "several Western politicians do not hurry to adjust their near-sighted approaches which in fact contributed to all those problems," Zakharova noted. She said that Western politicians "persistently try to implement in full the approaches that proved to be deficient, which can result in more dangerous challenges and problems of the international scale." "At the same time, some people try to artificially drag Russia into this by disseminating fabrications and falsifications, possibly with the aim to put partial responsibility on us for the tragedy of the Middle Eastern region and threat to European and international stability," the diplomat stressed.
"We do not engage in social engineering, do not appoint foreign presidents and do not fire them by ourselves or in conspiracy with anyone else," Zakharova said. "This concerns Syria and other countries of the regions, the peoples of which, I am confident, are capable of determining their future by themselves," she added.
"Russia consistently and invariably calls for unconditional implementation of the Geneva communique on Syria from 30 June 2012, strictly adhering by norms and principles of international law, including countries’ sovereignty. And I would want our partners on international arena to act the same," Zakharova concluded.