U.S. actions in the Middle East helped Islamic State to gain influence, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, according to Interfax.


The strengthening of Islamic State “became possible partly due to irresponsible U.S. politics” that focused on fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad instead of joining efforts to root out terrorism, Medvedev was cited as saying in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. Obama is under the impression that President Assad cannot stay, irrespective of the will of the Syrian people. Washington continues to believe that Russia may be convinced of the insignificance of the Syrian people’s will.


The U.S. contributed to the strengthening of al-Qaeda, which led to the events of Sept. 11, Interfax reported, citing Medvedev. The terrorist threat can only be fought jointly, he said.


Medvedev and Obama met in the Malaysian capital at the East Asia Summit that followed a week of talks and conferences in Asia dominated by the battle against terrorism. The United Nations on Friday unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for countries to take “all necessary measures” to combat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.


Global cooperation in fighting terrorism can only be successful if all actions are coordinated and sponsored by international institutions like the UN, Medvedev said at an earlier Sunday meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in Kuala Lumpur, according to Interfax.Ban urged Russia and the U.S. to cooperate in fighting terrorism, adding he would unveil a plan early next year.