On Friday, Russia hit out at Western powers over what it said was an “unacceptable” attempt to blame Moscow for the worsening violence in Syria. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich told journalists, “Attempts by certain Western countries to hold Russia responsible for an escalation in the violence in Syria over its refusal to back a resolution containing threats of sanctions against the Syrian authorities are totally unacceptable”. The MID’s comments came after the rebel Free Syrian Army said it took control of Syrian border crossing points with Turkey and Iraq. Fierce fighting raged in Damascus overnight, with over 300 deaths, according to London-based Syrian rights activists.
On Wednesday, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution on Syria over fears that it’d lead to foreign military intervention there, a stance that American UN envoy Susan Rice called “paranoid, if not disingenuous”. The resolution was tied to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which provides for the use of force to put an end to rapidly escalating conflicts. White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Russia and China were “on the wrong side of the Syrian people, the wrong side of hope for peace and stability in the region”. British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the Russian and Chinese veto as “inexcusable and indefensible”, and said the two countries had “turned their backs on the people of Syria in their darkest hour”. However, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin accused the West of thinking only of “its own geopolitical interests, which have nothing in common with those of the Syrian people”.
This was the third time that Russia and China had vetoed a UN resolution on Syria since the start of the now-almost 17-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Russia said it has no interest in seeing Assad remain in power, but that “the Syrian people” should decide his fate. Earlier this year, President Vladimir Putin vowed not to allow a repeat of the “Libya scenario”, which saw the ouster and murder of long-time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after a NATO military campaign. On Friday, Syrian authorities denied reports that Assad was preparing to stand down. The denial came after the Russian ambassador to France, Aleksandr Orlov, told French radio that Assad was ready to leave office in “an orderly way”. In addition, MID spokesman Lukashevich said that a resolution by the US House of Representatives to cut the Pentagon’s contacts with the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport over its links with “the oppressive Syrian régime” was “revenge” for Moscow’s veto. He dismissed rumours that Assad’s wife fled to Moscow following the death of the Syrian defence minister in a suicide blast in Damascus on Wednesday.
20 July 2012
They’re much “nicer” and “slicker” about it, but one can see a disgusting and sickening case of Übermenschtum in the Western attitude towards Russia and China. Their stance reeks of racist condescension, “Only our standards have validity; your cultural imperatives are inferior to our superior Western values”. This is why the konvertsy are so acrid… their undisguised racial and cultural xenophobia has stymied efforts to bring unity and order to the Russian Orthodox diaspora. Well… indications are that they’re going to leave us, and in rather short order. Good… let them go, don’t argue with them (they’re so SUPERIOR to us unwashed ethnics, after all… all it’ll do is frustrate you to no good end). Then, all of we Russians (and the saner converts) can join hands and start the work of rebuilding what’s been put awry by a half-century of misdirection and neglect.