Russia’s Churkin: ""It’s all about Iran, stupid!"
“… Rice replied that the opposition would be covered by Chapter Seven. When Inner City Press asked UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant the same question, he said he had offered to discuss this with Russia, without avail. But Russia’s Vitaly Churkin told Inner City Press that these discussions led nowhere, to statements that arms embargoes are violated all the time. He said that a recent meeting in Geneva considered harm to the Syrian people from US unilateral sanctions. Lyall Grant focused on China’s explanation of vote, about Chapter 7 of the UN Charter not being in the Geneva communique. Lyall Grant said that Russia, whose foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva said that Chapter Seven is a matter for the Security Council, couldn’t now use that to put weight on the fact that Chapter Seven wasn’t agreed in Geneva. Inner City Press put this question to Churkin, who said that Lavrov’s statement of jurisdiction had been correct, but that hadn’t meant that Russia would agree to Chapter Seven in the Security Council.Then Churkin went bigger picture, paraphrasing Bill Clinton by saying “It’s all about Iran, stupid” (and striking the last word).He said that after the US invasion of Iraq worked out differently than the US expected — with an expanded Shi’a and Iranian role, that is — now they had to try to contain Iran, by way of Syria..…”