Russian State Duma: Placing bets on Arab Spring was U.S. mistake

Washington's policy aimed at supporting revolutions in Arab countries has failed, Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said.

"The United States has a great problem with the Arab Spring because the U.S. used to know how to deal with the dictators in Arab countries," he said at a press conference at the Interfax central office on Thursday.

Pushkov said he was speaking about the situation in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

"They managed to reach an agreement even with Gaddafi, who scrapped projects to develop systems of mass destruction, as well as biological, chemical and nuclear weapons," the Russian parliamentarian said.

"But having come across the Arab Spring phenomenon, the U.S. placed their bets on radical changes. I think that it was a mistake. An evolutionary path is more preferable than a revolution everywhere," he said.

The U.S. failed to cope with the revolutionary forces in Arab countries, he said.

"The U.S. had fairly good relations only with the narrow circle of leaders whom it helped come to power in these countries. But if it takes several steps down this hierarchy, the United States will encounter a sharply negative attitude. The dictators managed to constrain these sharply negative sentiments because a system of suppression existed there. But now that people have received a chance to democratically express their opinions, they express them," Pushkov said.

The U.S., however, continues making attempts to reshape the situation in the Middle East and North Africa to meet its needs, the Russian parliamentarian said.

"We are facing a situation where the U.S. and its Western allies are embarking on a mission to reformat the system of power in the Muslim world," he said.

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