Russian Ambassador calls on the London to influence armed groups in Eastern ghouta

LONDON, February 27. /Offset. TASS Ilya Dmitriev/. Russia’s Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko during the scheduled Tuesday meeting in the British foreign Ministry will call on London to use its influence on armed groups in Eastern ghouta for full implementation of UN security Council resolution. About it the correspondent of TASS reported the press service of the Embassy.

“The Ambassador will urge the British side to use its influence, and it is in London available, to the armed groups operating in Eastern ghouta, and not only, with the purpose of full implementation of the resolution (2401 UNSC), which is key to successful implementation of these UN security Council task”, – said the Agency interlocutor.

“Reports from Syria information, continued provocations by militants, apparently, is not interested in guaranteeing access to humanitarian assistance and alleviating the suffering of civilians in Eastern ghouta, – have informed in a press-service. – We expect that the foreign backers of the anti-government armed groups will fulfill its obligations and will ensure the cessation of their subjects fighting in the interests of a speedy passage of humanitarian convoys. It is also important that under resolution, the truce was not used to cover terrorists.”

According to the diplomat, Yakovenko also point to the unacceptability of attempts of the British side to place the responsibility on Russia for the situation in Syria. “The Ambassador will clearly state that we absolutely do not accept the attempts of the British to impose on Russia the responsibility for the humanitarian situation in Syria to protect the terrorists that kill civilians and use them as human shields in Eastern ghouta,” said the diplomat. He added, however, that Yakovenko also plans to discuss the issue that “the implementation of UN security Council resolution 2401 served the British side to the public fairly one-sided, with a fundamental shift of emphasis”.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said Monday in Parliament that Yakovenko summoned to the British foreign Ministry in connection with the situation in the suburbs of Damascus, Eastern ghouta. As the correspondent of TASS, the meeting will be held with the Deputy head of the British foreign Minister, Alan Duncan.

On UN security Council resolution

The UN Security Council on 24 February adopted a resolution requiring the parties to the conflict in Syria to cease hostilities for at least 30 days to provide humanitarian assistance to the population. The document was supported by all 15 member States of the security Council, including Russia. According to the resolution, the truce would not apply to military operations against the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) and other terrorist organizations.

As reported on Monday, the Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, on behalf of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Eastern ghouta February 27 from 09:00 to 14:00 daily humanitarian pause is introduced, which will allow civilians to safely leave the area.