Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that militants who refuse to leave Aleppo city will be eliminated.
“Any way, if somebody refuses to leave [Aleppo] on good terms, he will be eliminated as I understand. There is no other way out,” Sputniknews quoted Lavrov.
At the same time, there is no progress with the US-Russian agreement on the withdrawal of militants from Aleppo. Last night, the US just declined its initial proposal on Aleppo and notified Russia that consultations cannot begin on Wednesday.
“Suddenly, last night we receive from them [the United States] a message that they, unfortunately, will not be able to meet tomorrow [on Wednesday in Geneva], because they changed their minds, their document was withdrawn and now they have a new document, which… changes everything back, and again looks like an attempt to buy time in order to let militants replenish supplies and take a breath.” the Russian foreign minister added.
“We have an understanding that having a serious conversation with our American partners does not work. The same thing happened with our agreements with Kerry on September 9, that have already been reached and came into force, and then the United States began to look for excuses to abandon it, and eventually found a pretext, and have announced that they are out of these agreements. Now we see a very similar situation: what was proposed by the Americans on the paper, and what has been publicly supported by us now is not suitable. It is difficult to understand who decides there [in Washington], but apparently, there are many people who want to undermine the credibility and actions of John Kerry.”
So, Kerry’s proposal of talks on withdrawal of militants from Aleppo was just a bluff.
On Monday, Russia and China vetoed a draft resolution of the UN Security Council (UNSC) that would have demanded a seven-day truce in Aleppo.
“These kinds of pauses have been used by fighters to reinforce their ammunition and to strengthen their positions and this will only worsen the suffering of civilians,” Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.
Churkin emphasized that the draft resolution was pushed with the breach of order of the UNSC:
Two circumstances. We believe that the vote cannot take place today because for whatever reasons the draft resolution was put “in blue” at 11:20 this morning. It was announced it would be put “in blue” on Friday night, but the actual process of “putting into blue” took place today and so procedurally it has to be 24 hours, so the vote cannot take place before 11 AM tomorrow morning. Substantively there is an important reason for members of the Council to think about it because this draft resolution is not in line with what was agreed between Sergey Lavrov, our Foreign Minister, and John Kerry when they met on December 2.
On Tuesday it became clear that the attempt to push this draft resolution ingored the US-Russian talks on Aleppo because the US was set to withdraw its proposals.
Furthermore the breach of order marks the ongoing desintegration of the UN as a useful tool of the international relations. The “global elites” use it just to push own agenda.
In this case, it’s important to note that China and Russia both vetoed the draft while one veto vote was enough. This means that the Chinese and Russian lederships have a common understaing of the situation.