UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — US Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East David Schenker said Russia and China are challenging security and stability in the Middle East, as well as US interests.
“I will talk today about Russia and China – new challenges to the security and stability of the Middle East,” he said, speaking at an event in the Atlantic Council in Washington.
According to Schenker, unlike Russia and China, the United States has a “long track record in creating peace, stability and prosperity” in the Middle East and North Africa.
“We are also making a significant contribution to humanitarian assistance. Since 2014, the United States has provided almost $ 2.5 billion in humanitarian assistance to Iraq alone,” he added.
He accused Russia of not providing any humanitarian assistance to the region. According to him, instead of providing assistance, “Russia and China are trying to use the opportunities” to spread influence in the region for their own benefit.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow does not bring to the Middle East any negative associated with the “incitement of one country in the region against another.”
Albert Sitnikov, deputy director of the department for humanitarian cooperation and human rights at the Russian Foreign Ministry, said earlier that Russia annually sends two million dollars to help solve the refugee problem.
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