Arab discontent over Russia's Syria stance not causing govt-level issues - Iraqi Foreign Minister

Arab countries are unhappy with Russia's stand on the Syrian conflict, however this has not caused any serious government-level issues between the countries, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.

"To be honest, public opinion in many countries is not in Russia's favor because people perceive things in a simplified manner," Zebari told Interfax.

"There are negative aspects in the public perception of Russia, mainly due to the changes in political and social situation in the Arab world following the Arab Spring protest movements," Zebari said.

"There are no major issues at the governmental level, but every government takes public opinion into account," he said.

Zebari said that this issue has been discussed at the ministerial session of the Russia-Arab League Forum in Moscow, however Moscow doesn't think that the majority of Arab countries' citizens are unhappy with its position.

When asked whether such negative perception of the Russian position is a result of propaganda campaign in some mass media, Zebari agreed.

"The media create the most part of this public perception, and we know who controls the most influential Arab mass media," he said.

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