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Russia’s Churkin: ""It’s all about Iran, stupid!"

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

“… 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..…”

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Russia to back UN motion on Syria without ultimatum

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that his government may back a United Nations motion on Syria provided there is no ultimatum asking President Bashar al-Assad
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Russia to critics: We’re not protecting Syria

March 10th, 2012 Comments off

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his government is not “protecting any regimes,” speaking to Arab leaders angry over Moscow’s blocking of international pressure on Syria’s president to step down.
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Lavrov to the West: Enough with the "We-need-to-drive-Assad-into-a-corner-&-then-we’ll-see” bull!

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

“… Russia cannot support the project on Syria being pushed through by the West, Foreign Minister Lavrov stated in New York ahead of his address to the UN General Assembly.
Sergey Lavrov said he believed that placing sanctions on Syria are “not a very reliable strategy”.
“We ask what the next strategy is, how have you calculated your next steps? The answer we get is that we haven’t thought about it yet, but President Assad needs to go, we need to drive him into a corner with sanctions – he should go first, and then we’ll see,” Lavrov said in an interview with “Russia 24” channel. “It’s a very simple but – I believe – not very reliable strategy, if it can be called a strategy at all,” he concluded…”

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India’s new position on Syria have "surely sounded music to Saudi (& Israeli) ears"

August 15th, 2011 Comments off
“… The account of the telephone conversation between Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterpart in Damascus Walid Muallem throw light on Moscow’s thinking on the “situation in and around Syria.”. There is noticeable absence of direct criticism of the Syrian regime. Russia urges the regime to accelerate reforms but the MFA account makes it a point also to take note of the processes initiated in this direction by president Bashar al-Assad. Again, there is urgent need of holding “broad and constructive national dialogue”, but then, this should be an exclusively Syrian affair “without any outside interference”. The reference to “outside interference” is significant.

Equally, Moscow suggests that the role of the international community should be to “put pressure” on the opposition to “respond to the authorities’ invitation for dialogue”, implying the clout of external parties over the Syrian opposition and the opposition’s recalcitrant attitude. The most interesting aspect, however, is the MFA harking back to radical opposition’s calibrated attempt to repeat the “Libya scenario” in Syria. On balance, Russia empathises with the Syrian regime while acknowledging the imperative need of political reforms in that country.  The contrast couldn’t be sharper with the recent remarks by president Dmitry Medvedev who all but writes off Assad. Moscow seems moving on two tracks.Of course, the Indian position more or less identifies with the US-led cabal, as was apparent during EAM Krishna’s conversation with the visiting Syrian DFM Faisal Mekdad. Krishna was harsh on the Syrian regime and completely ignored the complexities of the situation. His one-dimensional perspective would have surely sounded music to Saudi (and Israeli) ears. The Saudis enjoy special relations with Congress Party and its ally the Muslim League, and with the UP elections approaching, the nexus gains importance. Incidentally, India keeps mum on the NATO atrocities in Libya or the Saudi-led repression in Bahrain.The stage is being set for India to join the western bandwagon on Syria after making the pretense of an independent stance such as the visit by a Special Envoy to Damascus as reported by Associated Press. (MEA hasn’t yet divulged the details of the SE’s visit.) Later today, the UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon is submitting to the security council his report on Syria. Ban can never overlook an American wish and  there is no need to second-guess what his report would contain. How India, which presides over the security council through August,handles Ban’s report and is willing to be a junior partner, will be under close American scrutiny. …”

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Wasington lobbying hard with Moscow on Damascus

June 19th, 2011 Comments off

“The United States is calling on Russia to cooperate in preparing a resolution on Syria for a vote at the UN Security Council,… “Clinton’s discussion with Sergey Lavrov focused on the activity in the UN Security Council and how the U.S. and Russia can work together to make sure that we can get to a UN Security Council resolution,” she said. Clinton “expressed her hope that the U.S. and Russia can work together,” the spokeswoman said,…Russia has called for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis, saying that the situation in Syria does not present a threat to international peace and security and that the Syrians themselves should resolve the violent confrontation without any outside influence.”

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