The United States is seeking to "return the Middle East to the epoch of colonialism". Tariq Aziz, Vice-Premier of Iraq, said this in Baghdad at a meeting with representatives of the national councils of Sudan, Palestine and Syria, reports a RIA Novosti correspondent.
The United States would like to divide the Middle Eastern region "into small kingdoms", the Iraqi newspaper As-Saura cites Tariq Aziz as saying.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi vice-premier believes that time is working for those who oppose the aggression being prepared against Iraq. The number of opponents of the war is increasing world-wide, including in the United States, he said. More and more people are becoming aware of "the unlawful anti-Iraqi policy of the United States, which poses danger to peace and stability in the world", said Tariq Aziz.
Maria Zakharova, an official representative for the Russian Foreign Ministry, commented on the attack that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) conducted on the Russian city of Belgorod