Churkin: Russia is not going to make excuses for their actions in Syria

Churkin: Russia is not going to make excuses for their actions in Syria

The UN, on 10 February. /Corr. Oleg Zelenin/. Russia is not going to make excuses for their actions in Syria as it operates openly and in the framework of international law.

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About it declared on Wednesday to journalists by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin on the results of the closed-door meeting of the Security Council. The meeting was convened by Spain and New Zealand to discuss the situation in Aleppo, where the Syrian army with the support of the Russian Federation carries out operation against the militants.

“We are not going to make excuses for their actions. We are acting very openly. Our Ministry of defense is conducting daily briefings, we are present in Syria for legitimate reasons – at the invitation of the Syrian government, unlike what the so-called coalition, led by the United States that operates outside of international law”, – the diplomat said.

He drew attention that “coalition” is not about “what exactly does in Syria and Iraq”, which is the purpose of the strikes and what were the results of their actions. “They also refuse to cooperate with us against terrorists”, – said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation.

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Churkin confirmed that Russia on February 11 at a meeting of the International support group Syria in Munich will present their suggestions about the settlement of the conflict, including the establishment of the ceasefire.

He did not disclose, what are Moscow’s proposals, but noted that these issues were being discussed with Washington bilaterally.

“We are negotiating with the United States, including – if possible ceasefire and humanitarian issues,” the diplomat said. He also said that Russia maintains a dialogue with humanitarian organizations, including with the world food programme.

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Churkin expressed regret that some security Council members “crossed the line” and politicize the humanitarian situation in Syria. He reported that at a closed meeting permanent representative of Spain Roman Marchesi promised to continue to convene discussions on humanitarian issues. “We can’t assume this is politically destructive tactics,” said the diplomat.

According to him, Russia is ready to support the “heightened interest” of the security Council to humanitarian topics and in this regard invites “to hold a weekly meeting on the humanitarian situation in Yemen until the political decision”. In a brief conversation with the correspondent. Russia’s permanent representative said that the first such meeting could take place as early as next week.

According to him, Moscow intends to raise the issue again about the consequences of NATO bombing in Libya in 2011 that led to the deaths of dozens of civilians. the Diplomat recalled that the previous UN high Commissioner for human rights, Navanethem Pillay, insisted on compensation for the victims, but this did not happen.

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Immediate cessation of the bombardments carried out by Syrian army and aircraft of the Russian Federation, is one of the preconditions made by the delegation based in Riyadh, the opposition to resume negotiations with Damascus, which was interrupted a few days ago.
However, Russia’s permanent representative once again pointed out that one of the problems lies in the fact that the opposition delegation is not sufficiently representative and does not include politicians who last year held a series of meetings in Moscow and Cairo, as well as representatives of the Syrian Kurds. According to him, without them to discuss the Syrian settlement “makes no sense”.

“We believe that in preparation for the resumption of negotiations, which I hope will happen on 25 February, required additional work to be done so that the opposition delegation was more representative,” – said Churkin. According to him, “this must be not only people from Riyadh”.

Russia’s permanent representative also drew attention to the never completed work on a list of terrorist groups, which was entrusted to Jordan. Without this, he explained, it is impossible to understand with whom to fight in Syria, and dialogue.

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