Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the United States for the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Putin believes that the “incorrect” foreign policy of the U.S. has facilitated the destabilization of countries in the Middle East and Africa.
According to Deutsche Welle, Vladimir Putin told the Russian media at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok that it was an “absolutely expected crisis”.
“We in Russia, and your humble servant, said several years ago that there would be massive problems if our so-called Western partners carry out what I have always called an ‘incorrect’ foreign policy, especially in the regions of the Muslim world, in the Middle East and north Africa, which continues to this day.”
Vladimir Putin has called for an united front to defeat ISIS and mentioned that he spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama about forming an international coalition. However, the U.S. along with other regional powers such as Lebanon and Saudi Arabia have been conducting airstrikes against ISIS while Russia supported the Assad-led government assault against the rebels, including ISIS.
The Guardian reports that Russia remains “a loyal and supportive ally,” This follows reports that the Obama administration confirmed that Russia had sent a military advance team in Syria.
The Syrian civil war is one of the major issues of contention between Russia and the United States. While Vladimir Putin has supported the Assad regime, the United States has carefully backed rebel groups in Syria. However, the situation has become even more complicated with the surge of ISIS, who are also at odds with the Syrian government.
This has led to a bloody civil war and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
Ohio Governor and Republican presidential, John Kasich, hopeful also blamed the Obama administration for the refugee crisis as well. According to Kasich, Obama has not shown enough support to the Syrian rebels fighting against the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. According to Politico, Kasich stated,”We should have been supporting the Syrian rebels years ago”.
“I pitched [House Speaker John] Boehner and [Sen. John] McCain on it, the administration ignored it. And the simple fact of the matter is we should have been supporting the opposition to Assad. This thing could be over by now. This is fundamentally an issue that Europe has to come to grips with.”
Kasich has also called on the U.S. to take in more refugees from the Syrian conflict.
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