Monday, September 26, 2016
"It looks like the US military does not eagerly obey the U.S. commander-in-chief." Lavrov.
"It looks like the US military does not eagerly obey the U.S. commander-in-chief." Lavrov. (Tass).
The Western countries are not coping with their obligations on Syria and the UN Security Council’s urgent session was called on September 25 to distract attention from the bombing near Deir ez-Zor, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the NTV channel.
Lavrov reminded that over the past week the Syrian crisis dominated the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly.
A ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria and two meetings of the International Syria Support Grpu were held, he said.
"The Syrian government and we were accused of all sins and all answers regarding the accusations were given," Lavrov said.
"We can only guess why it was necessary to convene the urgent meeting during the weekend," Lavrov said. "I think it is not difficult to guess. It is evident that the West led by the US does not cope with its obligations."
The minister stressed that the meeting was needed "to distract the attention from the bombing near Deir ez-Zor."
"I’m not in the mood of finding faults with somebody," he stated. "But we know too well how the leading world mass media, such as the CNN and the BBC can juggle with facts. Just recall the way they covered the situation in Iraq several years ago, and what they have been saying about the current events in Syria today. Of course, we will demand the most thorough investigation."
He recalled that Russia had been urging the most thorough investigation into the attack against the humanitarian convoy in Syria from the outset.
"We demanded an investigation, while John Kerry, a good partner of mine stated all of a sudden (which was very uncommon of him) that an investigation might be conducted, of course, but he everybody else knew who had done that - either the Syrian army or Russia, but in any case Russia was to blame."
"Apparently he was under very strong pressure. He is under the harshest criticism from the US military machine," Lavrov said. "And although US Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama, as I’ve been told all the way, has maintained interaction with Russia, which he confirmed that himself at a meeting with Vladimir Putin in China, it looks like the US military does not eagerly obey the commander-in-chief."
The top diplomat went on to say that he cannot afford to have absolute trust towards the United States on the issue of its readiness to deal strikes against the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra.
"US Secretary of State John Kerry keeps saying that Jabhat Al-Nusra poses the same terrorist threat as the Islamic State (both outlawed in Russia)," Lavrov said. "But Nusra remains untouchable. This is a paradox. I don’t know whom I can trust. That I cannot trust them (the United States) one hundred percent is for certain."
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