Russia Accuses West of Provocations

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The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that an idea about voting in the UN Security Council on introduction of sanctions against a number of Syrian physical and legal persons was frankly provocative.

Russia Accuses West of Provocations

Photo: UN / Mark Garten

A wave of hysteria about the fact of the Russia’s usage of veto against the UN Security Council’s draft resolution on Syria swept Western media.

Director of the Department for Non-proliferation and Control of Arms of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mikhail Ulyanov, gave a detailed explanation of the Russia’s position and expressed his opinion on the latest wave of the anti-Russian hysteria in the mainstream media.

According to Ulyanov, all this idea about voting in the UN Security Council was frankly provocative. As it turned out, the draft resolution on introduction of sanctions against a number of Syrian physical and legal persons was prepared in early December, but its Western co-authors abstained from voting at that time. They did this only in late February, precisely when the negotiations on a peaceful settlement were resumed in Geneva.

“We drew the attention of our Western colleagues to the fact that such a move can have a very negative impact on the search for political solutions. Our concerns were completely ignored. In this way, it was a enough conscious step, which political consequences did not worry the resolution’s initiators at all,” Ulyanov noted.

The problem is that any convincing proofs of the guilt of Damascus and its representatives were not provided. The draft resolution’s appendix contained a list of names of officials and organizations, in respect of which it was proposed to impose sanctions. But these lists were literally ‘picked out of nose’. The mentioned individuals and organizations did not figure in reports of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism at all. There was no response to requests to provide evidences of the fact that they were responsible for the usage of chemical substances for military purposes.

Ulyanov noted that this line of a number of Western countries has nothing to do with international justice. According to him, it was rather an attempt of a ‘kangaroo court’, based on unfit means and executed extremely unprofessional. The official said that to see this, it is enough to take a look at the draft of sanction’s lists. It includes high-ranking military and heads of scientific centers.

“In this way, [they] seriously offered to believe that highly qualified Syrian scientists and generals are personally responsible for production and usage of chlorine and manganese for military purposes,” Ulyanov pointed out.

“All this together gave us a reason to regard the idea about voting as a continuation of the unscrupulous political games, aimed to remove the current government of Syria from power at any costs,” he added.

Ulyanov stressed that usage of the veto in the UN Security Council is an extreme measure, which has to be taken, when there is no other choice. A decision to vote against needs a political will and an increased sense of responsibility, which not everyone has in the modern world.

“For this reason, when some Western partners or media try to make any claims in this regard, we do not have a slightest reason for embarrassment and discomfort. In contrast, there is every reason to feel proud for your country, which is capable to resolutely resist such disgraceful things, despite all-powerful information and propaganda campaigns,” Ulyanov concluded.

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