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Putin warns the West against striking without the UN approval

February 27, 2012, 7:51 UTC+3
Putin warned Russia's Western partners against the temptation to create coalitions and deliver military strikes without the UN Security Council's approval
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MOSCOW, February 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned Russia's Western partners against the temptation to create coalitions and deliver military strikes without the UN Security Council's approval. The Russian presidential candidate wrote this in his program article “Russia and the Changing World”, which is published in the Moskovskiye Novosti (Moscow News) newspaper on Monday.

“We oppose the approval of such UN Security Council resolutions, which would be taken as a signal to a military interference in Syrian domestic processes,” Putin noted. Guided by this principal approach Russia and China vetoed down a UN Security Council resolution in early February that would be an equivocal document and would really stir up forcible actions of a party to the domestic conflict.

“In this respect, due to an extremely harsh and on the verge of hysteria response to the Russian-Chinese veto I would like to warn our Western colleagues against the temptation of using the previously used simple scheme: it is good if the UN Security Council approves some action, if the UN Security Council does not approve it, they will create a coalition of countries concerned and will deliver a military strike,” the premier stated.

He warned that the very logic of such policy “is counterproductive and quite dangerous” and will result in nothing good. Anyway, this does not contribute to the settlement of the situation inside the country, where the conflict broke out. Moreover, Putin noted that this fact makes the entire international security system less balanced, undermines the authority and the central role of the United Nations.

“The right of veto is not a caprice, but an integral part of the world order fixed in the UN Charter, by the way, on US insistent demands,” the Russian prime minister recalled. “The sense of this right is that the decisions, which just one permanent member of the UN Security Council opposes, cannot be valid and efficient,” Putin underlined.

 

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