The initiators of the draft resolution envisaging sanctions against Syria have deliberately embarked on a course of confrontation, and Russia had no other choice but to veto the document, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov has said after the voting at the UN Security Council, TASS reported.
“Despite our consistent appeals, the authors chose a politically motivated path, leading to confrontation and adding complexity to the situation, including on our Security Council platform,” the diplomat said.
“They opted for deliberately heating up tensions, being well aware from the very start that this initiative has no chances of being approved at the Security Council,” he went on.
He said in this situation Russia “had no other choice but to block the passing of this resolution, the sanction list of which is copied from the analogous American list, approved at the start of this year by the previous US administration,” Safronkov said.
Russia voted “against confrontation” by blocking the resolution and that it is “doomed to failure and belongs to history,” he continued.
“We are sending a signal that we can solve difficult tasks and advance in the Syrian settlement only through cooperation,” Safronkov added.