Russia opposes any UN resolution on Syria, calls international community to give Syrian government more time for reforms
MOSCOW- Russia on Thursday announced rejection of any U.N. Security Council Resolution against Syria.
It called on the international community to give the Syrian government enough time to make the announced reforms.
Russia is against any UN resolution on Syria as the situation in the country is not threatening to global security, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
Britain and France submitted a new draft resolution on Syria on Wednesday. The UN Security Council will vote on the document in the next few days.
“The Russian president has repeatedly said Russia opposes any UN Security Council resolution on Syria,” Lukashevich said. “The situation in the country does not pose any threat to international peace and security.”
Russia is a permanent UN Security Council member with veto-wielding power.
Lukashevich said “extremist calls, including from the so-called foreign-based opposition to topple the regime and avoid all-national dialogue are not helping to calm the situation.”
He added that Russia was increasingly concerned over reports about radicals’ moving to confrontation with military and law enforcement officials, which only further escalates the situation and breeds violence.
The international community should give the Syrian authorities time for reforms, Lukashevich said.
“The Syrian authorities have already made steps toward implementing the declared reform, and need more time to continue,” Lukashevich said.
He said Moscow still thought it should be up to the Syrians themselves to resolve the crisis situation, without any external interference, within the law, and without violence against civilians in search of national accord on the basis of a broad dialogue.