The United States has always been known as an ally to Turkey and it appears that relation is now being reinforced as Western powers reportedly rejected Russia’s motion to stop Turkey’s shelling across the Syrian region. More importantly, the United Nations also expressed its concerns about Russia, saying that pursuing a path in favor of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad could be very dangerous.
US and French ambassadors reportedly rejected a Russian draft resolution that aims to stop foreign military intervention and promote respect for Syrian sovereignty. According to the head of the UN Security Council, the proposal has “no future.” Nonetheless, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov remains optimistic despite opposition of the UNSC members. According to the official, there were also positive reactions to Moscow’s motion.
“I told our western partners, that everything that is included in the draft was previously voiced by them, declared by them and repeated many, many times,” RT quoted Safronkov. Furthermore, the diplomat added that Russia’s draft is in accordance to UN charter, emphasizing that compliance to such “becomes fundamental in nature because all of us are working intensely on the parameters of a political settlement in Syria.”
Francois Delattre, France’s UN ambassador, explained that rejecting the Russian draft is as simple as a short no. Delattre emphasized that what is happening in Syria including escalation of military activities was the “the direct result of the brutal offensive in the north of Syria led by the Syrian regime and its allies.” He also added that Russia should be careful in supporting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad as it might as well be a dead end and dangerous path.
The Kremlin said it was not happy with the rejection but it will stand by protecting Syria’s sovereignty. “We can only express regret that this draft resolution was rejected,” Al Jazeera quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “Russia naturally continues with its consistent, transparent and clear line to provide stability in the fight with terrorism, to preserve the territorial integrity of the country [Syria] and the region,” Peskov declared.