آخر تحديث للصفحة الجمعة, 13 تموز 2012
Russia Reiterates Its Opposition to Foreign Pressures and New Sanctions on Syria
Russia reiterated on Friday its opposition to imposing foreign pressures on Syria and approving new sanctions at the Security Council.
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, held a meeting with Italy's Ambassador in Moscow, Antonio Zanardi Landi, in which they exchanged viewpoints on the situation in Syria and the issue of extending the UN observer mission at the Security Council.
The Russian Foreign Ministrysaid the Russian side stressed on the inadmissibility of imposing foreign pressures or new sanctions on Syria at the Security Council.
Gatilov: Russia Urges Annan to Work More Effectively with Syrian Opposition
Gatilov warned in a statement on Friday of the western insistence on ending the work of the international observers mission to Syria.
He added that Russia doesn’t rule out the possibility that the western insistence is an attempt to feel the pulse on repeating the Libyan scenario in Syria which is a grave mistake.
He added that it would be a grave mistake if the West takes any steps after withdrawing the international observer mission from Syria to further more complicate the situation which will be inevitable as the UN observers constituted to an extent an element of restraint and contributed to spreading stability in the areas they were located in.
Commenting on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's proposal to send military units under the claim of guaranteeing the security of the UN observers, Gatilov stressed the need for coordination with the Syrian government on sending any armed forces or military units, adding that the government is not now ready as far as he knows.
He added that there are no talks about starting a peacekeeping process in Syria or imposing peace in it, adding that sending units should be coordinated with the hosting side, indicating that the Syrian government agreed on the work of the international observer mission.
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister described the peace imposition process as part of compulsive measures taken without the agreement of the government concerned.
Regarding the scheduled visit of the UN special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, to Moscow next week, Gatilov said that his country will call upon Annan to work more effectively with the Syrian opposition.
Gatilov said that Russia sees that its partners are not ready to work effectively with the opposition as Russia is doing, adding that Annan is the essential mediator in this process.
He expressed deep regret that communications of Annan and his team with the opposition failed to reach any tangible results.
He said that Russia will reiterate its political support to Annan's efforts and plan to reach a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria.
Gatilov affirmed his country's belief in that Annan's plan is the only basis for solving issues related to the crisis in Syria which was developed in Geneva meeting on June 30th.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia's Defensive Weapons Shipments to Syria Delivered under Previously Signed Contracts
In an interview with Russian Interfax News Agency, Gatilov stressed that all Russian weapons shipments to Syria are delivered under previously signed contracts and they are to strengthen the Syrian air defense systems.
He said that these weapons are defensive and that Russia did not sign any new contracts to export weapons to Syria.
He pointed out that Russia is not supplying Damascus with weapons that could be used in other confrontations