U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted Russia for continuing to “threaten Mediterranean stability” and sowing “chaos, conflict, and division” in countries around the region.

In a statement on December 15, Pompeo responded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who he said has “accused the United States of playing political games” in the region.

Lavrov “again gets the facts wrong and attempts to rewrite history,” Pompeo said, denouncing Moscow’s actions in Libya, Syria, and other Mediterranean countries.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated to a post-Cold War low over issues including Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014, its role in wars in eastern Ukraine and Libya, and its election meddling in the United States and Europe.