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US blames failures on others, builds policy on rumors — Russian Security Council chief

The Security Council secretary said the White House was in the habit of first pointing an accusing finger and then forging evidence, building its policy on rumors and gossip
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev Alexei Nikolsky/TASS
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev
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MOSCOW, April 30. /TASS/. US falsehoods Russia allegedly paid the Taiban for killing US soldiers are evidence of Washington’s invariable attempts to blame its own failures on other actors, Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told the weekly Argumenty i Fakty in an interview, published on Friday.

He said the White House was in the habit of first pointing an accusing finger and then forging evidence, building its policy on rumors and gossip.

"Washington invariably tries to shift the responsibility for its own failures onto other actors. This is well seen in the falsehoods Russia allegedly paid the Taliban for killing American soldiers," he said.

"Naturally, a whole year has passed, but no proof has emerged, because there cannot be any," Patrushev said, adding that it was an official statement by the US intelligence.

"This is not the sole example of the White House building its policy on the basis of rumors and gossip," Patrushev stressed. "In reality it [the United States] appoints the accused, and then forges evidence."

Accusations of Moscow undermining US statehood

It is American elites that undermine the United States’ statehood in various ways, including attempts to use street movements in their interests and flirtation with marginal groups, the Security Council secretary said.

In this way he replied to the question about his attitude to Washington’s claims Moscow was allegedly undermining the basics of American democracy.

"We do not need this at all," Patrushev said. "They, the American elites, are undermining the statehood of their own country."

He explained that it happened this way when the US authorities used street movements in their own interests by "flirting with marginal types, who under noble slogans loot supermarkets."

"For instance, the Black Lives Mater (BLM) movement earlier declared the establishment of a George Floyd state no white will be allowed to enter and where local gangs will rule the roost and perform the role of the police. Do you think that such things can happen in a healthy and prospering state?" Patrushev said.

Asked if the US political system could still be called a democracy, Patrushev replied: "Democratic countries do not indulge in blackmail and threats against other sovereign states and they do not meddle in their internal affairs." Such countries, he said, do not violate international law or use military force and economic sanctions without permission from the United Nations, or abuse human rights, or restrict freedom of speech in their own territory or abroad. Democratic countries, he remarked, never try "to use racism of all sorts for handling domestic problems or entice extremists and terrorists to their side for geopolitical purposes."

Such countries, Patrushev said," do not allow transnational corporations to interfere in government activities or impose their interests on the country or society, let alone block a legitimate head of state in the social networks and the mass media. In democratic countries the administration that has risen to power does not overturn decisions taken by its predecessors for the sole reason they are personal antagonists. Now it is up to you to decide whether the United States can be called a democracy," Patrushev said.

Washington 'toying with radicals'

The United States is divided into two camps over the American establishment’s attempt ‘to toy with radicals’ inside the country, Nikolai Patrushev said.

"They decided to toy with radicals in their own country and, as a result, they ended up with clashes on neighborhood streets and the country has split into warring camps," he pointed out.

The secretary of Russia’s Security Council recalled that "Washington has been trumpeting its commitment to high moral values for decades but has been actually pursuing a policy that has nothing to do with these slogans."

"Sovereign states whose governments enjoyed their peoples’ support were simply ruined," the official said.

"And who brought it to ruin? Radicals, extremists and often outright bandits ready to take an oath of allegiance to the US authorities for a price, to fulfil their instructions and get recognition of their legitimacy from them," the official said.

Patrushev cited as an example the situation in Iraq and Libya and the attempts to do the same with Syria where the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia "nearly created the first terrorist Caliphate in history." "When they decided on a coup in Ukraine, neo-Nazis surfaced there," the official added.

"When such things occurred somewhere on the other side of the ocean, that did not bother anyone in America," he said. "However, similar events are now taking place on American soil," the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said.