Russia needs to stop the “barbaric actions” in Syria and, in particular, in the city of Aleppo. This was stated by the British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking on Thursday, October 13, at the meeting of the international Affairs Committee of the house of Commons of the British Parliament. He called the civilian casualties in Aleppo crimes against humanity, and also spoke about the threat to global stability from Moscow, which is seen in the West. The broadcast of Johnson was conducted by the newspaper The Guardian.

A significant part of the statements of the British foreign concerns Russia. So, Boris Johnson called very serious crimes against humanity victims among Syrian citizens in Aleppo, which, according to the Minister, has led the operations of the army of President Bashar al-Assad, with the support of Air and space troops of the Russian Federation.

Commenting on the intense confrontation between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine and Syria, Johnson said that it is wrong to talk about a new cold war. According to him, although Russia does a lot of “terrible things”, hardly coming from her threat to the world can be compared with the danger that constituted the Soviet Union.

“We need to leave open the contacts, we cannot return to the logic of the cold war, it would be absolutely wrong,” – said the Minister. “I don’t think today there is such a large threat to the stability of the world, as in the former Soviet Union. I do not believe that they represent the same threat to world stability, as the former Soviet Union” (quoted by TASS) – the head of the foreign Ministry.

Johnson admitted that he is a Russophile

At the same time, according to Boris Johnson, the Kingdom needs to cooperate with Russia. If Russia continues to follow the path of violation of international norms and become a pariah, it would be a great tragedy, he said. The Minister assured that it wants to “endless confrontation” with Russia. According to Boris Johnson, Britain and Russia must work together to combat terrorism.

“We must cooperate with Russia, we should persuade the Russian government, we need to convince Vladimir Putin that his and his government there is another way. If he goes on this way and bring peace to Syria, then he will earn the trust and gratitude of the people of this world. But if he is to continue on the current path of barbarism, I fear that Russia risks becoming a rogue state,” said Johnson, quoted by TASS.

“It would be a tragedy, given the relationship where we were 25 years ago when we had so many hopes after the cold war”, – said the Minister. “I don’t want us to go back into the logic of endless confrontation with Russia in all parts of the world. That would be crazy. There are so many things we should do together, we must work together to fight terrorism, we have common interests”, – he brought an example.

Responding at the meeting of the international Affairs Committee of the house of Commons of the British Parliament on the question of settlement of the situation in Ukraine, Johnson admitted that he is a Russophile, and called Russia a “great country.”

The Minister noted that at present cooperation with Russia it is very complex, making a statement that the problem is in Moscow. “The behavior of the Russian government makes the very complex task of pursuit of joint interests,” said Johnson.

Johnson on sanctions against Russia: “We have to be very, very hard”

The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain in his speech at the meeting of the international Affairs Committee of the house of Commons of the Parliament stressed the need to continue the sanctions pressure on Moscow, while Russia’s position on Syria and Ukraine will not change. “I think we have to be very, very tough,” said Johnson.

Admitted as foreign Minister, he considers it logical, but difficult option with the introduction of sanctions in the Russian gas sector. He reminded that a large part of Eastern Europe continues to buy Russian gas in
a huge volume. “Some European countries believe that the sanctions must now go in this direction. But it would be very difficult,” – said the Minister, stressing that such measures will hurt countries dependent on Russian gas.

The Minister urged “to leave false hope” regarding a no-fly zone in Syria

On 11 October the British Parliament held an extraordinary debate on the situation in Syria. Many MPs are in favour of creating a no-fly zone around Aleppo. Earlier, France submitted a draft resolution in the UN security Council, proposes to introduce a no-fly zone over Aleppo, but Russia has imposed on the veto document. Then the Western countries have blocked the Russian draft in support of the initiative of the special envoy of the UN Secretary General to Syria Staffan de Mistura to withdraw from the city of militants “Dzhebhat an-Nusra” (banned in Russia).

During his speech, Johnson on Thursday was raised and the topic. Foreign Minister urged to leave false hope about the possibility of creating a no-fly zone in Syria. “It is vital at this stage not to arouse false hopes, we know the difficulties and the consequences of a no-fly zone or zone in which it is impossible to carry out the bombing, no matter how simple these concepts may look,” said Johnson, quoted by TASS.

Recall, the West accuses Russia of bombing the civilian population in Aleppo and suggests that Moscow is involved in the attack a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations in Syria.

Boris Johnson recently also called Russia guilty in the attack on the humanitarian convoy of the United Nations. He noted the need to investigate war crimes in Syria to international court and urged the British to organise protests at the Russian Embassy in London. The defense Ministry rejected the accusations Johnson and called them “Russophobic hysteria”. Perhaps the reaction to these words was the recognition of Johnson is that he is a Russophile.

West threatens Russia with new sanctions if the situation in Syria and particularly in Aleppo continues to deteriorate. In Moscow explained that the military action will continue as long as the city remains the terrorists.

As said yesterday in an interview with CNN, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Syrian army will be forced to continue the fight against “al-Nusra Dzhebhat” if the terrorists did not leave the Eastern part of Aleppo. “We are taking all necessary precautions and continue to take them to target the Syrian army to be very specific and very accurate in combat “an-Nusra”. But “al-Nusra” can not be tolerated. And we would not like to think that our partners in the region, the US and Europe are trying to keep “an-Nusra”, – said the Minister.

That the EU countries due to the deterioration of the situation in Aleppo gather next week to discuss possible new sanctions against Russia, said yesterday the newspaper The Wall Street Journal, citing a senior diplomatic source in the EU.



Boris Johnson urged Russia to stop the “barbaric actions” in Syria 13.10.2016

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