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Attempts to make pariah country of Russia doomed to failure - Russian UN envoy

Countries that are blaming Russia for the use of warfare toxic agent in the UK are seeking to weaken Moscow’s role on the global arena, Vasily Nebenzya said

MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Attempts by a number of countries to make a pariah country of Russia are doomed to failure, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel on Sunday.

"If they seek to make a pariah out of our country, such attempts are doomed to failure. By says ‘they’ I mean a small group of countries that seek their own interests in this show they are now playing. The world is bigger than those two-three-four-five-six nations that are directly interested in that. As a matter of fact, much fewer countries are really interested in that," he said.

According to the Russian diplomat, countries that are blaming Russia for the use of a warfare toxic agent in the United Kingdom are seeking to weaken Moscow’s role not only in the Syrian chemical settlement but also on the global arena in general.

"The so-called Skripal case is just another episode in the same chemical serial titles ‘Let Us Drive Russia into the Corner.’ The Salisbury provocation is obviously an attempt to discredit, de-legitimize Russia. We see it only too well, it is unfolding before our eyes," Nebenzya noted. "People are asking whether Russia has any right to speak on the international arena if it covers murderer Assad (Syrian President Bashar Assad - TASS) and affords itself to use chemical weapons on the territory of a country that is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council."

When asked whether the current international situation can be seen as a relapse of the Caribbean Missile Crisis, he said: "I hope not. No one would want to have another Caribbean crisis.".