On Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said at a press conference that American approaches towards ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and former Ukrainian President V F Yanukovich represent double standards, saying, “I have to use a much-employed cliché… its obvious double standards, but we clearly didn’t want either what’s happening in the Ukraine, nor what’s happening in Yemen”.
On Wednesday, a Saudi Arabian-led coalition, which includes Bahrain, Qatar, and Egypt, launched airstrikes against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen following a request by Hadi. The USA isn’t participating in the military operation, but agreed to provide logistical and intelligence support. Yemen has been in political turmoil since Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa, the capital, and ousted President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in late January. Currently, Houthi fighters are battling government troops in the central part of the country, whilst al-Qaeda militants make advances in the south. On 12 February, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Yemen was sitting on the brink of collapse amidst continuing violence in the country.
Lavrov said, “These games played out in confrontations between Sunnis and Shiites are very dangerous. There’s no other solution for Yemen apart from renewing negotiations, which were in process, mediated by the Special Representative of the UN General Secretariat. We insist on this, we hope that other countries involved in the Yemen situation in one way or another will act accordingly”.
27 March 2015