TEHRAN (Basirat)- On Saturday, Russia exchanged blows with the US and its allies at the UN Security Council over the Syrian crisis. See if you can spot the difference in the approach of the two respective sides.
On Saturday, Russia exchanged blows with the US and its allies at the UN Security Council over the Syrian crisis. See if you can spot the difference in the approach of the two respective sides.
On October 8, as expected, Russia vetoed a French-drafted Security
Council resolution calling for an immediate halt to airstrikes over the
city of Aleppo in northern Syria.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia blocked the
resolution, as it promised it would, because its text "grossly distorted
the actual state of affairs" in Syria, and carried a "politicized,
unbalanced and one-sided nature. The blame for the escalation of
tensions in Syria was placed on the shoulders of the country's
But more importantly, the Foreign Ministry emphasized, by proposing
a no-fly zone over Aleppo, the resolution "made a blatant attempt…to
provide cover for Nusra Front terrorists and the militants amalgamated
with them, in spite of UN member states' obligations to combat terrorist
threats with the use of all available means."
Finally, the Ministry pointed out that the malfeasance and
dishonesty of the attempt to pass the resolution off as a response to
East Aleppo's humanitarian crisis was proven by the fact that over the
last two months, radical militants, not the Syrian government, were the
ones to deliberately stop humanitarian convoys getting through to the
area, while the Western-supported opposition forces have purposefully
stalled efforts to resume inter-Syrian peace negotiations.
Prior to the vote, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin suggested
that the French draft seemed to have been deliberately designed to
provoke the Russian veto. This was the fifth time that Russia has used
its veto right in connection to the conflict in Syria over the course of
the brutal five-year conflict in that country.
But the drama in New York didn't end there. After blocking the
French initiative, Russia introduced its own resolution, based on an
idea by UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura to get Nusra Front
terrorists withdraw from Aleppo altogether. This, de Mistura assumed,
would bring down the level of violence in militant-controlled portions
of the city and allow for the resumption of the Russian-US sponsored
ceasefire of September 9.
Russia has repeatedly criticized Washington for failing to live up
to its side of the September 9 agreement in separating so-called
'moderate opposition' forces from terrorists, including Nusra (which has
rebranded themselves as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham or 'Front for the Conquest
of the Levant', but is comprised of the same jihadi terrorists).
Russia's resolution went to a vote, but received only four votes in
favor among the Security Council's fifteen members. Of the permanent
members of the Security Council, only Russia and China voted in favor of
the Mistura-inspired proposal. Among the rotating members, Venezuela
and Egypt also supported the Russian initiative, with Angola and Uruguay
abstaining. The rest of the Security Council, including the US, France,
the UK, Japan, Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Ukraine voted
against the measure.
On Friday, both the Western and Russian resolutions on Aleppo
failed spectacularly. But they served to confirm Moscow's growing
suspicions that Washington and its allies would rather support outright
terrorists (and a 'former' affiliate of al-Qaeda, no less) than accept
the continued existence of Syria's secular government.