U.S. Plans To Act Against Syria Outside UN Troubling: Russian Diplomat
July 20, 2012
U.S. plans to act on Syria bypassing UN send troubling signal – Russian diplomat
MOSCOW: Russia is concerned over plans announced by the United States to influence Damascus bypassing the UN Security Council.
“If such statements and such plans are elements of real politics, it sends quite a troubling signal to all of us, prompting us to think how the international community is going to respond to international conflicts,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a press briefing in Moscow on Friday.
A task facing all foreign players, “especially the members of the UN Security Council, is to use all of their resources and abide by decisions that were adopted collectively earlier,” he said.
Lukashevich said he was speaking about decisions adopted by the UN Security Council’s five permanent members and subsequently supported by the entire international community – Resolutions 2024 and 2043 and the Geneva communique.
U.S. Department of State spokesman Patrick Ventrell earlier gave a positive answer to a question about Washington’s possible plans to act bypassing the UN Security Council.
Russia and China have blocked the resolution three times, he said.
The U.S. would like these countries to change their position, but they refuse to do so, Ventrell said.
The U.S. would continue working through the UN if there were a chance for new prospects regarding the position of Russia and China, he said.
But the U.S. has a broader strategy, and it has no intention of stopping to do what it has been doing because there is no resolution, he said.
July 20, 2012
EU has no right to inspect Russian planes, ships bound for Syria – expert
MOSCOW: The European Union’s plans to inspect aircraft and ships for violations of the arms embargo imposed on Syria cannot be applied to Russian planes and ships, Roman Pukhov, the director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technology, told Interfax-AVN on Friday.
“Only aircraft and ships of the European Union are subject to this requirement. The EU has no international legal right to inspect aircraft and ships belonging to countries that are not its members, including Russia,” Pukhov said.
Pukhov was commenting on media reports saying that the EU plans to adopt a resolution in Brussels on Monday to inspect aircraft and ships suspected of violating the arms embargo imposed on Syria.
It is impossible to imagine a situation in which a Russian ship sailing to Syria, whichever cargo it may be carrying, would be stopped and searched, he said.
“This is impossible in terms of law and in the military-technical context. It is absolutely impossible to imagine EU servicemen boarding Russian ships,” he said.
Russian-Syrian military-technical cooperation is proceeding in strict compliance with international law, he said. “Syria is not under UN Security Council sanctions. Therefore arms deliveries to the Syrian authorities are not banned,” Pukhov said.