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Russia’s UN envoy does not rule out new spiral of civil war in Syria

June 05, 2014, 20:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“Even the Americans have acknowledged that most of those who are fighting against the government of Syria today are terrorist organizations,” Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin says
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MOSCOW, June 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin sees certain risks the civil war in Syria may go into a new spiral.

“Indeed, one can expect growing weapons supplies, although the Americans are speculating to whom they may supply weapons, and to whom they will not, and there are countries that supply anything to everybody,” Churkin said. “Even the Americans have acknowledged that most of those who are fighting against the government of Syria today are terrorist organizations, including those recognized as international terrorists, whose activity poses a threat to the United States itself, let alone Western Europe, which is geographically closer to Syria”.

“The supplies keep going, and this is another reason why an attentive ear should be turned to the opinion of very same Brahimi and the problem discussed in earnest in order to put an end to this conflict,” Churkin said. “This is what we keep telling our western counterparts, even those who do not recognize the legitimacy of the elected president.”

“If this landmark moment in Syria’s political life can be used to lend new dynamics to the political settlement in the country, it should be done,” Churkin said.

 

Recognition the results of the presidential elections in Syria

The West is demonstrating double standard practices recognizing the results of the presidential elections in Afghanistan and refusing to do so in respect of the presidential elections in Syria, Vitaly Churkin noted.

He refrained from making any parallels between the presidential polls in Ukraine and in Syria. “I would rather not compare these elections - the situations are different,” he told the Russia 24 news channel. “To my mind, it would be better to compare Syria with Afghanistan, if any comparisons should be made. Presidential elections there were held in conditions of armed confrontation too. Nonetheless, our Western colleagues recognized the results of (Afghanistan’s) elections, as we did, taking into account the character of the situation in that country. But we have a consistent position, so we have recognized both the elections in Afghanistan and in Syria, while they have not.”

“These indicates the practice of double standards they tend to use very often in humanitarian and other issues being guided by political considerations,” Churkin said. “They support only what meets their political interests”.

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