Pompeo accuses Russia of sowing ‘chaos’ in the Mediterranean

Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo accuses Russia of continuing to “threaten Mediterranean stability” and sowing “chaos, conflict and division” in countries around the region.

In a statement on “Russian Influence in the Mediterranean,” the outgoing Secretary of State responds to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who he says “accused the United States of playing political games” in the region.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo during a press conference at the State Department in Washington on August 19, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

Lavrov “again gets the facts wrong and attempts to rewrite history,” Pompeo says, denouncing Moscow’s actions in Libya, Greece and Syria.

In Libya, he says, the US “supports the formation of an inclusive government that can secure the country and meet the economic and humanitarian needs of the Libyan people,” and is working with the United Nations towards that goal.

“Russia on the other hand undermines Mediterranean domestic politics, supports Syria’s brutal dictator, and fuels Libya’s conflict with its proxy. Who is playing games here?” he adds on Twitter.

He elaborates in the statement, saying: “Russia continues to threaten Mediterranean stability using a variety of techniques to spread disinformation, undermine national sovereignty, and sow chaos, conflict, and division within countries throughout the region.”