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Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, compared western nations' behavior vis-a-vis the Islamic world to a “monkey with a hand grenade,” according to a report by Russian news agency, Ria Novosti.

His short statement was communicated in the Russian language via his Twitter page on Tuesday; Rogozin has yet to elaborate or explain his comparison.

Rogozin, formerly Russia’s ambassador to NATO, is now in charge of the defense and space industry as Deputy Prime Minister, a post to which he was appointed in 2011. Ria Novosti writes that Rogozin has tweeted in the past that "Anglo Saxons" plan to attack Syrian government forces.

The United States is planning a limited strike in Syria that would “deter and degrade” Bashar al-Assad's military without dramatically altering the balance of power between his forces and those of the rebels, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal  on Tuesday, which cited senior defense officials. 

Britain, France and Turkey, are also considering an attack on Assad’s forces over allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians in Syrian-rebel-controlled areas. Russia has defended its ally, calling the charges “unproven.”

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