Matvienko: Russia’s position on Syria is increasingly understood in the international community

MOSCOW, October 23. The Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said that the international community is turning toward understanding of Russia’s position on Syria.

“There is a growing realization that a political solution to a very broad range of problems, especially in and around Syria is impossible without the elimination of ISIL (the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist group “Islamic state”)”, – said the Senator in an interview with the newspaper “Arguments and facts” published today on the newspaper’s website.

According to Matvienko, the simplest solution to the Syrian problem “would be the joint efforts of all interested States in the framework of a unified international coalition”. “Russia is ready for such cooperation”, – she said. The speaker of the upper house of Parliament, said with regret that Russia has failed to agree on such cooperation with Western partners. “But, as noted by the head of the Russian state, we do not lose hope,” she added.

However, the head of the Federation Council noted “some progress along the line of cooperation between the military departments”. So, in her opinion, “there is a turn towards greater understanding and support for Russia’s position in the international community”. “I had the opportunity to verify this during recent visits to Jordan, and Kenya to the Assembly of the inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva”, – said the Senator.

The rejection of sanctions

Matviyenko also said that Russia will not achieve the “benevolence” of Washington or Brussels on the issue of waiver of sanctions since Western countries sooner or later will understand that it is illegitimate, beating on their interests.

“Russia should not and will not seek “favors” from Washington and Brussels. On the contrary, Western States will have sooner or later to abandon sanctions as illegitimate instrument, beating, among others, according to their own interests”, – said the speaker of the upper house of the Russian Parliament.

Matvienko clearly stated Russia’s principled position on this issue: “the Imposition of sanctions – a measure entirely illegitimate, unacceptable, and useless.” For example, the Senator has led Cuba, which “lived under U.S. sanctions for several decades and didn’t give up her principles.” “The end of the story we all know,” stated she.

According to the head of the Federation Council, “highly illusory and beyond common sense” to assume that Russia “can speak the language of force or coercion.” “We will continue to act on the basis of our national interests, contributing to enhancing stability and security in the world, while fully respecting the principles and norms of international law”, – she assured.

Russia and Ukraine

Close contacts of Russia and Ukraine – an important factor of sustainable development of the two States, so in the long term, they are “doomed” to cooperation.

According to her, those forces today in Ukraine, anti-Russian sentiments, is “short-sighted and dangerous policy.” “In historical perspective Russia and Ukraine are “doomed” to as closely as possible. This is the most important factor of sustainable development of our countries. Those who today in Ukraine stir up strife between our peoples, in fact, oppose a decent future of his own country,” – said the Senator. “As life shows, it is possible, although not easy, and not immediately to restore the economic, technological, financial, transport links between the countries. But very hard and long to recover the good-neighborliness, friendship countries and peoples. It is a pity that in Kiev don’t understand that”, she added.

The head of the Federation Council also noted that Russia “is not close to” incite hostile sentiments toward the neighboring nation. “We are categorically opposed to the “symmetrical response” in these areas,” she said. Despite the fact that “anti-Russian propaganda influences the minds of a considerable part of Ukrainian citizens, especially young people,” Matviyenko did not share the “absolute statement about the generation of Ukrainians, poisoned Russophobia”. “The common historical, religious and cultural destinies lies in the very nature of the relations of Russians and Ukrainians. This close, trusting, respectful relationship. And they have not gone anywhere and never will disappear”, – said the Chairman of the upper chamber.

She also expressed regret “that contacts between the Russian and the Ukrainian Parliament interrupted” and the Parliament does not react to the proposal of the Russian colleagues “on the restoration of relations, the resumption of cooperation in a particular format”. “In the current situation, our dialogue is particularly necessary and important”, – said Matvienko. “We did step forward. I hope that sooner or later Ukrainian parliamentarians, if they really care about their country, understand that without dialogue with Russian members of Parliament not to do”, she concluded.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).