Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Western powers Saturday not to take unilateral action against the Syrian government outside the UN Security Council.
The Kremlin said Putin delivered the comments at a closed
meeting of Russia’s powerful Security Council that groups all
the top ministers and decides strategy on the most sensitive
foreign and domestic affairs.
“In the opinion of the Russian president,any attempts to
act outside the UN Security Council will be ineffective and
only undermine the authority of this international organisation,” news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying at the meeting.
The spokesman said Putin also rejected Western charges
that Russia was inciting even more violence in Syria by
blocking with China possible sanctions against its Middle East
ally for the third time on Friday.
“Members of the Russian Security Council underscored the
complete inappropriateness and unacceptability of attempts to tie the tensions in Syria to the position taken by the Russian Federation,” Peskov said.
His comments were issued only moments after the Security
Council unanimously approved a resolution extending a UN
monitors mission in Syria for another 30 days.
Russia welcomed the extension as a sign of compromise
because it excluded an earlier call on the government of its
main Middle East ally to pull out heavy weapons out of towns
and other areas controlled by the armed opposition.
The mission’s mandate may also be extended again should
the United Nations report a deescalation in violence and an
end to the regime’s use of heavy weapons such as tanks in the next month.
But nations such as the United States have called this
the final extension of the missions originally in place to
oversee the implementation of a peace plan that never went
into effect and vowed to look for new solutions to the