UN Security Council ‘not a tool’ for changing regimes in sovereign countries – Lavrov
Moscow finds the idea of turning the UN Security Council into a tool for changing regimes in sovereign countries unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared in an interview with The Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
He said that this negative trend is being promoted by UN Security Council resolutions based on unilateral conclusions, as was the case in Syria.
According to Lavrov, Russia had to vote against the UNSC resolution on Syria because “the draft was based on one-sided assumptions that the Syrian government is solely to blame for the escalation of violence and on categorical demands to Bashar al-Assad’s government.”
Lavrov stressed that Moscow was not trying to defend al-Assad’s regime but simply meant to protect the right of the Syrian people to a peaceful democratic choice of government they want to have.
“We are convinced that the way to achieve this is by starting a dialogue which will involve all Syrian political forces and ethnic and confessional groups. The only alternative to this would be a devastating civil war,” Lavrov warned.