MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has castigated Washington over its ‘idiotic’ gamble to brand Russia as a sponsor of terrorism and warned that this move won’t go unanswered.
"All the measures that they are going to undertake, even such an idiotic one, will be expanded and continued. Certainly, we <...> are not going to leave anything unanswered, and they must understand this," she told the Soloviev Live TV channel responding to a question about her reaction to the US bid to label Russia as a country that sponsors terrorism.
The diplomat specified that so far, the international community has not globally questioned the legality of Washington’s actions in Syria, Libya, Iraq and other countries. According to her, US attempts to take inimical measures against Russia over alleged crimes against Ukrainians may boomerang on the US. "Could it be that by posing the question this way, this would result in the opposite effect? And that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, families who lost their loved ones in the 2000s, Serbs, Libyans and many other nations who were deprived of everything, would ask the same question and use the same mechanism <...> to ask a global question about the actions by the US and everyone who joined them on board this legal bandwagon? So far, this issue has not been raised this way," the spokeswoman noted.
"The more the US invokes this issue in the minds of the international community, the more the international community recalls the crimes of the US," the diplomat stressed, highlighting Washington’s arms supplies to Afghanistan, and to "moderates" in Syria. She specified that there is a mountain of evidence pointing to American weapons ending up in the hands of terrorist organizations so a "stunning move" from Washington’s stance on Russia ‘financing terrorism’ may actually turn out to be the US shooting itself in the foot.