MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. The conclusion of the voting at the UN Security Council points to the West’s aspiration to carry out a ‘regime change’ scenario in Syria by removing the legitimate government there, the way it was done in Libya and Iraq, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky told reporters on Wednesday.
"The outcome of the voting in the UN Security Council on the resolutions for a mechanism to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria shows that the US-led Western coalition has not given up its designs on carrying out a Libyan - Iraqi scenario against Damascus," he stressed. According to Slutsky, "the West’s goals are obviously far removed from fighting international terrorism, and its main goal is to oust Bashar al-Assad’s regime at all costs, at the cost of lies, provocations and complete fakes."
The committee head was concerned "about reports on the armed forces of the [Western] coalition’s member states embarking on a possible strike against Syria," as well as US President Donald Trump’s refusal to visit Latin America in order to "personally call the shots on the US response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma."
"This worst-case scenario is the one that Russia tried to prevent in the UN Security Council. We’ve been warning of the most dangerous consequences that this aggression against the sovereign Syrian state - that is being forged before our eyes - can have. This cannot but affect its allies in the fight against international terror groups," he concluded.
The compromise draft resolution on the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma prepared by Sweden and supported by Russia failed to win the necessary number of votes in the UN Security Council. The draft resolution was backed by five states, including Sweden and Russia. Four UN Security Council members, including the US and the UK, voted against it, and six more states abstained. Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya believes that some countries’ refusal to support the compromise draft resolution on Syria is demonstrative and deeply concerning.