DUMA DEPUTY: U.S. INVADED IRAQ TO DISTRACT TERRORISTS
MOSCOW, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - The war in Iraq made it possible for the United States to distract terrorists from attacking its territory, Andrei Kokoshin, head of the State Duma committee for the CIS and relations with Russians abroad, said at the press conference Tuesday.
"The United States managed to divert terrorists efforts from its territory, and because of this, the entire security system is now being restructured," Kokoshin said, noting that one of the main consequences of Iraqi war was the increase of terrorist organizations operating in the Middle East.
"From that point of view, the region has become more unstable now. Terrorist acts are committed in areas where they never happened before," he said, adding that the war has caused a sharp increase in oil prices.
"The role of political factors in the formation of oil prices has also sharply increased, the market has changed substantially and the fight for energy sources on the world market has become tougher," Kokoshin said.
He also noted that the fight for energy resources is gaining influence in the world of politics. He also pointed out that the war in Iraq had greatly influenced the problem of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
"In particular, the war has sharply aggravated the situation with regard to the nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula," Kokoshin underscored.
According to Kokoshin, it will be very difficult to get out of the Iraqi quagmire and it will take a long time to normalize the situation there.
"I think that so far there is no sufficiently convincing plan to settle the crisis. The crisis is very deep, and it will take a long time to find a way out of it," he said.
Kokoshin noted that the UN could play a great role in solving the problem of combating terrorism and the proliferation of weapons.
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