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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter reacts during a news conference at the French Defence Ministry in Paris, France, January 20, 2016. The United States has called for defense ministers from all 26 nations participating in the coalition against Islamic State as well as Iraq to gather in Brussels in three weeks time, U.S. Defense Secretary Carter said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Moscow- Member of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee Sergey Zelezniak called for disregarding statements by U.S. Secretary of Defense who said that Russia has done “virtually zero” in the fight against ISIS terrorists in Syria.

Ash Carter contended that the U.S. and its coalition partners are carrying this burden “by themselves.”

“They haven’t done anything,” Carter stated in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.

“They came in, they said they were going to fight ISIS, and they said they were going to help in the civil war in Syria.”

Criticizing Russian involvement in Syria, Carter said that it “almost certainly” made the ending of Syrian civil war “harder,” because Moscow failed to align with Washington’s intention to oust the Syrian president and failed to “help Assad move aside gently” and “bring the moderate opposition into the Syrian government.”

Russian Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Irina Yarovaya called the statement by Carter “unprofessional and hysterical.”

Yarovaya was confident that Russia’s efforts against terrorism were the most efficient.

“’Hysteria at sunset’ this is how the statements by the Pentagon could be described. They mean only one thing – a complete failure. It’s when you lose your nerve, and the only way out is to blame someone who proved efficient in the fight against terrorism – in this case Russia,” Yarovaya said.

According to the lawmaker, the national and global security is not a game and a subject for speculation for Russia, especially when it comes to life of its citizens.