Russia vetoed the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions demanding to stop the bombing of Aleppo and a military aircraft fly over the city, reports TASS. The document was supported by 11 countries, Russia and Venezuela voted against, two abstained.
According to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin, the concept of a ban on military flights over Aleppo outlined in the draft French resolution, has not worked.
“The highlight of the Franco-Spanish project – a ban on all military flights over Aleppo, not only over the Eastern and the Western part of the city, which is constantly exposed to the attacks of militants from the East,” Churkin was quoted by “Interfax”.
He also said that France never made constructive proposals on Syria in the UN security Council. “In all the years of the Syrian crisis, the French delegation in the UN Security Council did not offer anything constructive. Its rare initiatives have clearly paid for propaganda effect and were doomed to failure. It happened at this time”, – said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation.
Voted on by France and Spain, the draft resolution provided for the introduction of the ban on military flights over Aleppo and urged to observe the cease-fire in Syria. In case of disobedience, the document suggested the introduction of measures against the parties to the Syrian conflict.
Churkin even stated that it sees no possibility for the adoption of the resolution. “I have a suspicion that its real motive is to cause Russia’s veto, despite the fact that initially our French colleagues told us that they have no such intentions,” he said.
French President Francois Hollande on Saturday said that if one of the permanent members of the security Council will block the resolution, it discreditied this country and make it responsible for the continued bloodshed.
Deputy U.S. permanent representative to the UN David Pressman, in turn, expressed confidence that Russia is trying to help the Syrian government to regain control of Aleppo under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
Russia also submitted to the security Council its draft resolution on Syria. He suggested the ceasefire in Aleppo from all sides. The document also emphasized the importance of withdrawal from Aleppo of militants “Dzhebhat an-Nusra” and facilitate immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access, in particular through the weekly 48-hour humanitarian pause.
According to Reuters, the Russian project could not gain the adoption of nine votes.