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US uses terrorists as geopolitical tool, Russian security official says

Nikolay Patrushev stressed that "Washington’s warm relations with neo-Nazi thugs in Ukraine" are also well-known

MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. The US widely uses terrorist organizations as a tool of geopolitical confrontation especially against Russia. This opinion was expressed by Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev in an interview with the Argumenty i Fakty weekly.

"Nowadays, it is easier to say which of the largest international terrorist organizations did not emerge with the American assistance. The US widely uses them as an instrument of geopolitical confrontation, even with our country," he said commenting on a Western proposal to recognize Russia as a terrorist state.

The Security Council secretary used a proverb to describe the attempts by Western countries to accuse Russia of terrorism at the state level. "As they say, God marks the crook," he cited.

The official reiterated that as early as the mid-1980s, Al-Qaeda (outlawed in Russia) was created under the control of US intelligence to counteract the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. In the 1990s, the US created the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) to maintain its influence in Afghanistan and Central Asia. "Guided by its alleged ‘national interests,’ the US militarily deposed unwanted regimes in Libya, Iraq, attempted to do so in Syria. And the main strike force in all cases involved radical groups whose further unification led to the creation of a terrorist monster named the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) that got out of the US control following Al-Qaeda and the Taliban movement," he specified.

The official also stressed that "Washington’s warm relations with neo-Nazi thugs in Ukraine" are also well-known.

On February 14, 2003, the Russian Supreme Court declared Al-Qaeda and the Taliban to be terrorist organizations and their activities are outlawed nationwide.

On December 29, 2014, the Russian Supreme Court declared the Islamic State - IS - (before 2014 - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS) to be a terrorist organization and its activities are outlawed nationwide.