In light of the aggravation of the situation around Syria, it is especially worrying that any forceful action against this country may touch objects which are sensitive in terms of nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation.
We continue to receive alarming signals about an approaching military interference in the Syrian conflict without proper sanctions from the UN Security Council. As before, we consider that such a position is absolutely contrary to international law and is therefore unacceptable.
The reaction of the international community and individual states to the use of chemical weapons shall remain within a strict legal framework. At the same time, any reaction must be supported by the results of a thorough independent investigation.
We draw attention to the mass filling of information space with different materials, the purpose of which is to impose responsibility for the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus on the Syrian officials, before the results of the UN investigation are presented. Thus, “the ground is prepared” for forceful action against Syria. In view of this, we deem it possible to share the main conclusions of the Russian analysis of the samples taken in the place of the incident using military poisonous substances in the Aleppo suburb – Khan al-Asal.
I am really glad to acknowledge our regular meeting, which we traditionally have on the Day of Knowledge. I would especially like to welcome first year students, and hope that they join this sort of family, fully mastering its tradition, maintaining the continuity of generations.
First and foremost my trip reflects the importance that Siberia and the Far East hold for Russia.
In general my trip was planned. But of course, after the well-known, difficult events triggered by floods and linked with flood control, we had to modify the agenda a little bit, and spend more time on precisely those issues.
The BRICS Ministers for Foreign Affairs met in New York on September 26th, 2012, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and discussed among other issues the situation in Syria.
They expressed their deep concern with the escalation of violence and the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Syria with reports of growing violations of human rights and of humanitarian international law.
According to the coming information, the escalation of tension in Syria continues. There still are the armed clashes in different districts of the country. Recently came up the facts of massacre against Syrian civilians in Daraa near Damascus, where bodies of more than two hundred people, including women and children, were found after it had been freed by governmental troops. This is another provocative crime, analogous in pattern to those, which took place earlier and provoked the huge international resonance.
Moscow took notice of the information in foreign mass-media, including the British newpaper the Sunday Times, on use of British military facilities in Cyprus for the interest of the Free Syrian Army. Particularly, it was stated that those military facilities implement intelligence gathering on actions of armed forces in Syria; that information subsequently goes to gunmen of the FSA, who fight with B. al-Assad’s regime.
What are your comments considering the declaration of the Official Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State V. Nuland during her briefing on 21 August, the essence of which is that the government of Russia, she said, knows what should be done in order to settle the Syrian crisis, because it has elaborated the Geneva plan jointly with the USA?
Negotiations with the delegation of Syrian government headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Q. Jamil took place on 21 August. The delegation also included Dr. A. Haidar - the Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs of the SAR.