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Russia in the firing line as West tries to topple Assad

Date of publication: 06/02/2012

William Hague and Hillary Clinton at the UN Security Council, 31 January 2012

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the British Foreign Secretary, William Jefferson Hague, have lashed out at Russia and China for vetoing their proposed resolution in the UN  Security Council on Syria.

In an official statement, Hague attacked these two countries for "siding with the Syrian regime and its brutal suppression of the Syrian people" for reasons of pure self-interest.  Speaking in Bulgaria on Sunday, Mrs Clinton said that what had happened in the Security Council was " travesty", that the Security Council had been "neutered", and that the US would henceforth act "outside of the United Nations" in order to force President Assad from power.  (Watch Clinton's statement in the video at the bottom of this page.)  In Paris, meanwhile, the Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said that the Russian and Chinese vetoes had put a "moral stain" on the UN.  

The Russians, for their part, defended their decision - which in any case they had pre-announced, having stated firmly that they would not accept a rerun of the Libyan scenario - in explicitly non-interventionist terms.  The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaliy Churkin, said that the proposed resolution "sent an unbalanced message to the Syrian parties" by condemning the government for violence but not the rebels.  The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, was more explicit in his support for the basic facts of life about statehood, including Syria's, when he said, "No president would leave a residential area to armed extremists without any attempt to resist."

See John Laughland's interview on this subject, RT, 6 February 2012.




Centre for the Study of Interventionism