Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the West's active intervention in Syria's internal affairs aggravates problems in the country and causes instability there.
In comments made during an interview with Russia Today television channel aired on Sunday, Medvedev also reaffirmed the need for Syrians to solve their issues by themselves.
"Russia's Western partners are acting as an elephant would do in a china store; they come in and destroy everything inside without realizing what they are doing," Medvedev said.
He expressed deep sadness and regret over how things have unfolded in Syria, condemning the West's attempts to force a regime change in a country and appoint loyal leaders as a wrong that violates the U.N. Charter.
The Russian Premier also stressed that the so-called "Arab Spring" has been, as far many Arab countries are concerned, mere endless bloody confrontations, regime change and continuous unrest.
He criticized how the pretexts of protecting national interest and human rights have been used for toppling countries' political systems, interfering in their internal affairs and leading pro-West regimes to come into power, citing Iraq and Libya as examples.
Medvedev's interview came on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the events in South Ossetia in 2008 when the Georgian authorities attacked the Russian peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia, promoting Russia to respond by carrying out a military operation.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer