Russian FM Spokesperson Rebukes US Envoy to UN on “Barbarism in Iraq and Libya”

“Historically speaking… a barbarian is someone not belonging to an empire, and we have only one of those today,” Zakharova blasted.


In an almost surreal nod to the Cold War-era, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova rebuked United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power’s description of Russian attacks in Syria as “barbarism,” noting that “nothing in modern history is more barbaric than what the U.S. has done in Iraq and Libya.”

Maria Zakharova (left) and Samantha Power (right).

Power excoriated Russia Sunday at a U.N. Security Council meeting, accusing Moscow of civilian deaths in Aleppo, following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated by the United States and Russia.

“What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism,” the US diplomat said.

In her emotional speech, she accused both Russia and Syria of attacks on aid workers, civilian infrastructure and residential areas. However, she failed to mention that several armed groups are in huge control of parts of Aleppo.

“Historically speaking… a barbarian is someone not belonging to an empire, and we have only one of those today,” Zakharova posted on her Facebook page. “As for the imagery… the world has seen nothing more barbaric in modern history than Iraq and Libya, done the Washington way.”

Zakharova believes Power’s remarks were meant to distract from the U.S.-led attack on Syrian troops near Deir ez-Zor, which occurred during the ceasefire.

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