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Russia open for talks on its UN draft resolution on Syrian sovereignty

February 20, 2016, 1:43 UTC+3

The document reiterates resolute commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and the principles of the United Nations Charter

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UN, February 20. /TASS/. Russia is open for talks on its proposed UN Security Council draft resolution in favor of the Syrian sovereignty, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov said.

"I told our partners that the Russian delegation will be ready for talks on the draft resolution and that we welcome all sorts of proposals in the coming days," the Russian diplomat said adding that the Russia-initiated draft resolution on Syria will be "a moment of truth for UN."

The diplomat said he hoped the Russian document would be approved by the UN Security Council as soon as possible.

"Everything stated in the document had been confirmed and reiterated by all members of the UN Security Council throughout the Syrian crisis," Safronkov said. "Thus, it is unimaginable how they would refuse all the principles stated in the Russian document even out of political reasons."

A draft resolution of the United Nations Security Council that was initiated by Russia calls to stop shelling of the Syrian territory, respect its sovereignty and drop all plans and attempts at armed invasion of its territory.

The document reiterates resolute commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and the principles of the United Nations Charter.

The document contains no mentions of Turkey’s involvement, but condemns "ongoing shelling of the Syrian territory" and the flow of foreign terrorists and illegal arms supplies in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions with the connivance of certain states, including Syria’s neighbors.

The one-page draft demands that Syria’s sovereignty be fully respected and urges to immediately stop any trans-border shelling and interference and to drop all attempts or plans of foreign military invasion of the Syrian territory.

Before the draft resolution was submitted with the UN Security Council diplomats from the United States and France, Samantha Power and Francois Delattre respectively, announced that the Russia-initiated draft had no future.

Turkey has been recently shelling positions of Syrian Kurds, who fight against terrorists on the side of Damascus. Earlier in the week, Russia initiated a meeting of the United Nations Security Council over Ankara’s actions. Following their February 16 meeting, the United Nations Security Council members expressed concern over the actions of the Turkish authorities and agreed to urge Ankara to respect international law.

The Financial Times reported on Friday that Turkey was planning to deploy its troops in Syria’s northern provinces, while Saudi Arabia sought deployment of its troops in the south.

The United States, according to the Financial Times, has been trying to keep Ankara and Riyadh from military activities in Syria as NATO is worried over the perspective of deploying Turkish troops in a country, where Russia is waging an Air Force military operation.


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