The Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN has called on his British counterpart not to insult Russia and other countries.
Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, has slammed his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a tense session ahead of a vote on a Syria resolution. Rycroft said that Russia “abuses the right of veto,” supports the government regime in Syria and usage of weapons in the Arab republic. In response, Safronkov demanded the UK Ambassador to look in his eye and not to insult Russia.
Safronkov said that the UK is “scared” of cooperation between Russia and the US and does “everything to undermine it.”
“You lose sleep over the fact that we might work together with the US. You are scared, and you do everything to undermine it,” the Russian diplomat said. “Don’t turn away your eyes! Look at me! Why are you averting your eyes?” he told Rycroft.
In addition, the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN said that the UK “serves interests of armed groups,” which “exterminate” Christian minorities in the Middle East.
He also noted that the UK “had done nothing” for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis, and added that Rycroft “ignored” de Mistura’s speech and instead chose to “insult Syria, Iran, Turkey and other states.”
“Some of the members of the Security Council are treating their chance to participate irresponsibly, and offensively, resorting to unbecoming language. Don’t you dare insult Russia!” Safronkov said.
“Indeed, topics of discussions in the Security Council are very dramatic. Often, they relate to the contents and future of international relations,” Peskov said.
“Nothing offensive was said. Manifestations of the spinelessness are fraught in the future with deplorable consequences. Therefore, it is better to defend the interests of our homeland today, and, if necessary, in a rather tough manner,” he added.
Earlier, on April 12, the Kremlin said that the accusations of Washington, according to which Russia was aware of preparations of a chemical attack in Idlib province and tried to hide the Damascus’s involvement in its organizating, are “information mess.” On April 8, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the department regretted about the continued protection of the Asad’s regime by Russia even after the usage of chemical weapons against civilians.
The chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun town in the south of the Syrian province of Idlib took place on April 4. According to the Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre, at least 72 people, including 20 children and 17 women, lost their lives in the attack.