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Russia: Putin slams West for bankrolling IS and tearing Middle East apart01:46

Russia: Putin slams West for bankrolling IS and tearing Middle East apart

Russian Federation, Sochi
October 24, 2014 at 20:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed Western intervention and outside interference in the Middle East during a press conference in Sochi, Friday.

The Russian leader hit out at the past invasions of Iraq, Syria, and Libya, decrying the state in which the countries have been left. He added that it was only Egypt’s current leadership that has helped quell "extremists running rampant" in Libya.

Putin went on to criticise the United States and its allies for directly financing and arming rebels in Syria, posing the question “How did the notorious ISIL manage to become such a powerful group, essentially a real armed force?”

The President also highlighted the self-proclaimed Islamic States’ (formerly ISIS/ISIL) use of oil to finance their operations, adding that someone must be buying their produce and subsequently "financing terrorists who could sooner or later sow destruction in their own countries."

Meeting under the title "The World Order: New Rules or No Rules?” this year's conference brought together some 108 experts and analysts from Russia and across the globe. First Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov is also attending Friday's meeting.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed Western intervention and outside interference in the Middle East during a press conference in Sochi, Friday.

The Russian leader hit out at the past invasions of Iraq, Syria, and Libya, decrying the state in which the countries have been left. He added that it was only Egypt’s current leadership that has helped quell "extremists running rampant" in Libya.

Putin went on to criticise the United States and its allies for directly financing and arming rebels in Syria, posing the question “How did the notorious ISIL manage to become such a powerful group, essentially a real armed force?”

The President also highlighted the self-proclaimed Islamic States’ (formerly ISIS/ISIL) use of oil to finance their operations, adding that someone must be buying their produce and subsequently "financing terrorists who could sooner or later sow destruction in their own countries."

Meeting under the title "The World Order: New Rules or No Rules?” this year's conference brought together some 108 experts and analysts from Russia and across the globe. First Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov is also attending Friday's meeting.

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