2012-02-14 13:22:00

Russia ready for dialogue with Islamists who are coming to power in Middle East, Northern Africa

Moscow, February 14, Interfax - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov does not believe that the events of the "Arab spring" were orchestrated by the U.S.

"I don't think it was planned [by the U.S.]," he told Ekho Moskvy radio.

"Maybe there were hopes that liberal, Western-educated people would come to power in those countries. However, that is not happening, Islamist forces tend to come to power, not only Muslim Brothers, but also more radical forces," he said.

Bogdanov believes everyone will have to take the new reality into account.

"The 'Arab spring' is not over yet, and we all will have to take that into account," the diplomat said.

Bogdanov said Russia is ready for dialogue with the Islamists who are coming to power in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

"We are hoping that these parties, which have come from Muslim Brothers, will behave maturely and responsibility when they come to power, for example, in Egypt, and we are ready to build constructive relations with them," he said.