Russian Foreign Ministry on the SC, Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, and New START
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) explained that Moscow “hold(s) the presidency of the UN Security Council” in October.
Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia explained what’s on his government’s plate as SC president this month.
There’s plenty in a world marked by endless wars and related violence, chaos, and widespread crimes against humanity — largely by the West against targeted nations and populations.
MZ explained that the situation in the Middle East is of major importance, notably in Syria and Iran, the latter with regard to preserving the JCPOA and the expiring arms embargo in mid-October.
“As a permanent Security Council member, Russia will do all it can to ensure well-coordinated, constructive and effective work in the interests of establishing a fair and equitable world arrangement based on the UN Charter, as well as the standards and principles of international law,” MZ stressed.
Commenting on Syria, MZ slammed the hostile to peace/US imperial partnered Dutch regime for “launch(ing) court proceedings against Syria over alleged, serious human rights violations (sic),” adding:
Dutch authorities ignored US war crimes in multiple theaters, including Syria since 2011.
Their action “is definitely a cynical initiative, especially considering the recent scandal in (its) parliament caused by the publication of leaks in the media showing that the country’s government financed armed groups operating on Syrian territory that the Dutch Public Prosecution Service itself designated as terrorist organizations,” said MZ.
Separately, she slammed Trump’s special envoy for regime change in Syria James Jeffrey’s visit to US illegally occupied territory in the country’s northeast.
“Once again, Washington has clearly trampled on international law, since this high-ranking foreign diplomat visited Syria without the consent of the country’s government” to territory infested with hostile US troops and their jihadist proxies, MZ explained.
His visit was all about furthering US aggression. It had nothing to do with restoration of peace and stability to the country as the State Department falsely claimed.
“Washington is consistent in its policy to further separate (Syria’s northeast) with its rich natural resources from the rest of” the country, MZ explained.
It’s part of its grand scheme to redraw the Middle East map in cahoots with imperial partner Israel.
MZ also noted a statement by Russia’s Foreign Ministry, expressing concern about “that (jihadist) fighters from northern Syria are being recruited in great numbers and transferred to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone,” reportedly by Turkey.
Commenting on the Armenian/Azeri conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, begun in late September, MZ said Russia is “very concerned about” large-scale fighting, “massive destruction…and numerous casualties on both sides, including” civilians, adding:
Moscow is involved in “making…every effort to achieve an immediate ceasefire and to resume the peace process. President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over the phone on September 27 and 29.”
“Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov remains in contact with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts.”
“A telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu took place as well.”
MZ also stressed that “any bellicose statements or actions by third parties are counterproductive and irresponsible.”
“These statements and actions can add fuel to the escalation, destabilize the situation in the South Caucasus and have unpredictable consequences.”
Commenting on unacceptable Trump regime New START demands, MZ stressed the following:
The last remaining arms control agreement between Russia and the US “represent(s) a balance of interests between the two great powers,” adding:
It does not “affect the defense capability of either the US or Russia and provide(s) a solid basis for normal, predictable and pragmatic bilateral relations.”
“(A)ny failure to extend the treaty would create a vacuum.”
“We have been working for the past 50 years to create an atmosphere of culture in negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia.”
Mutually agreed on verification procedures in place for the last decade have been effective.
Unacceptable Trump regime demands for extending New START show that hardliners surrounding him want the agreement abandoned so the US can upgrade and expand its thermo-nuke arsenal unrestrained.
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