Russia signals opposition to Western-backed Syria aid plan

By REUTERS
June 2, 2014 14:31
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MOSCOW - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov signalled on Monday that Russia would oppose a UN resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries to Syria if it threatened to enforce it by military action.

The remark set the stage for a potential new showdown between Moscow and Western members of the UN Security Council, where Russia and China have blocked resolutions that would have condemned Syria's government or threatened it with sanctions.

Security Council members Australia, Luxembourg and Jordan have drafted a resolution that UN diplomats said would authorize cross-border aid deliveries into Syria at four points without government consent.

Diplomats have said the draft text falls under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which would make it legally binding and enforceable with military action or other coercive measures such as economic sanctions.

Lavrov said Russia was always ready to discuss aid but that "these issues must not be politicized or used as a pretext to inflame passions and mobilize public opinion in support of the need for foreign interference in the Syrian crisis."

"These attempts are made primarily by trying to include citations of Chapter 7 ... in Security Council decisions," he told a news conference. "I think that is unacceptable, because we know what plans those who make such proposals have."

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