Russia: West ´Blackmailing´ Us over Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 07/16/12)
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Russia complained Monday that there are "elements of blackmail" in
the West´s position on Syria. The Western powers, Moscow said, are
attempting to link the extension of the mandate of U.N. observers in
Syria to a green light for using force against Bashar Assad´s regime.
According to AGI – the Italian Journalist Agency – Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said, "We are very sorry to see here elements
of blackmail effectively stating that if Russia doesn´t vote in favor
of a U.N. resolution under Chapter 7, the West will refuse to extend
the mandate for observers in Syria."
Lavrov added, "We believe that this is a dangerous and counter-
productive attitude, because using observers as a bargaining chip is
Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter implicitly includes the possibility of
resorting to military force. For example, it stipulates that force
may be used in order to protect U.N. peacekeeping forces or to create
a humanitarian corridor.
U.N. envoy Kofi Annan is due in Moscow, where he is expected to urge
the Russians to put more pressure on Syria´s leaders to step down and
begin a political transition. Russia has vetoed previous calls for
foreign intervention, and has circulated its own draft resolution
calling for the extension of the observer mission´s mandate, which
runs out this week.
The Russian resolution draft does not contain any element authorizing
possible use of force. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/16/12)
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