Zakharova: confessions of Blair on Iraq – not the voice of conscience, and a necessary measure

MOSCOW, October 26. Statements of ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair that the invasion of Iraq the armed forces of the United States and its allies in 2003 has become one of the main reasons for the subsequent birth is prohibited in the Russian Federation the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG) is not the voice of conscience, and a necessary measure. This opinion was expressed on October 26 on air of TV channel “Russia 24”, the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“As far as I understand, these statements were made after the publication of materials number of sites, which left no doubt in the role that at that moment, at the moment of decision on Iraq has played the British governments – and that was just Mr Blair. Therefore, I think that those discussions and that the cabinets have started to get some skeletons at the time – it was a forced measure, this is not the voice of conscience and not wanting to analyze the situation at this stage”, – said Zakharov.

October 25, host of CNN during the interview, Blair asked the question whether the invasion of Iraq “the main reason” the birth of extremist groups who are committed to the creation of an Islamic Caliphate in the middle East and who currently control large parts of Iraq and Syria. “I think this is part of the truth. Of course, you can’t say that those who are displaced (Iraqi President Saddam) Hussein in 2003, are not responsible for the situation in 2015”, – said Blair.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).