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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

16.03.2017

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on Syria

We have taken note of the statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made on March 14 at a high-level thematic discussion on Syria at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Having appropriated the role of international arbiter, the high commissioner claims that the situation in Syria is “the worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II” and that as a result of the armed conflict, “ the entire country has become a torture-chamber.”

We have first-hand experience of attempts to rewrite history to suit the political situation of the moment. This phenomenon is characteristic of many Western countries. The high commissioner is in effect trying to do the same thing: blame the Damascus authorities for fueling the war in Syria. According to him, vetoes at the UN Security Council have repeatedly pushed back hope for an end to “this senseless carnage.” Meanwhile, he turns a blind eye to the fact that right from the start, this conflict was fomented and fueled by outside forces. He does not use the term “terrorism” at all, and tries to portray terrorists as “victims of circumstance,” which is completely unacceptable.

It is telling that Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein’s politicised and biased evaluations came almost at the same time as the remarks of UN Under-Secretary-General Stephen O'Brien at the UN session, where he described the situation in Yemen, not in Syria, as the worst humanitarian disaster. It is regrettable that the Yemen conflict, as well as the situation in a number of other countries requiring urgent attention, in particular around Mosul in Iraq, for some reason drop off the high commissioner’s radar or are commented on indirectly. How is that for his so-called “objectivity”?

We must say that Mr Hussein’s remarks at the 34th session of the UN Security Council are certainly not the first example of his comments or public evaluations that are not befitting of a UN official and that run counter to the professional work ethic of a UN Secretariat official, as defined in the UN Charter. Previously, he took the liberty of making inappropriate comments on the work methods and decisions of a UN intergovernmental agency – the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – making personal attacks on the actions of public politicians and even insulting heads of state in his statements.

This raises the question: Does Mr Hussein’s behaviour measure up to the authority and the high international status of the post that he holds? What goal is he pursuing by antagonising states that have been set on constructive cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms? Perhaps his superiors at the UN Secretariat should also pay attention to this.




LATEST EVENTS

28.04.2017 - Memorable gifts are presented to son of the Scottish Veteran of Arctic Convoys

On 27th of April 2017, the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh Mr Andrey A.Pritsepov handed over to a son of a WWII Veteran who took part in the Arctic Convoys, Mr Tom Sleith, a set of memorable gifts created on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy calling Archangelsk as well as a personalized officer wrist watch “VOSTOK” .


28.04.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 27, 2017

Improving the humanitarian situation in Syria and providing aid to those in need is one of Russia’s priorities in Syria.


27.04.2017 - Remarks by Director of the Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department Maria Zakharova at the 39th Session of the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Information (COI), New York, April 25, 2017

Our delegation proposes including in the text of resolutions that will be drafted by the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Information, recommendations for the DPI to start working to develop basic parameters for a strategy to fight fake news stories and disinformation. Russia will be willing to provide comprehensive support in achieving this goal, the importance of which for the purpose of the creative development of a healthy media environment is hard to overestimate.


27.04.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

On April 26, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir, who was in Moscow on a short working visit.


27.04.2017 - Press release on Turkish airstrikes against Iraq and Syria

Reports coming in say that the Turkish air force carried out airstrikes on the night of April 25 against Iraqi and Syrian regions bordering Turkey. Turkey has stated that the air strikes targeted positions held by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Syrian Democratic Forces headed by the Democratic Union Party, close to the PKK. They report around 70 Kurdish fighters dead.


26.04.2017 - Ambassador Yakovenko opens Investor’s day of the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works at the LSE

On the 26 April 2017 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko took part in the Investor’s day of the OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works at the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The event was dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the listing of the company at the LSE. Opening ceremony started with the formal launch of the LSE with the participation of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works Victor Rashnikov and the CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group Xavier Rolet.


26.04.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

It is our strongly held view that so long as the bloody internal political conflict in Yemen involving the Saudi-led ‘coalition’ continues, the humanitarian problems facing peaceful Yemenis will continue to worsen. The people of Yemen are literally struggling to survive against a sea and air blockade, mass famine and epidemics.


25.04.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions during a joint news conference with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Moscow, April 25, 2017

I have held talks with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and his delegation. OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier has come to Moscow to attend the sixth Moscow International Security Conference sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Defence. We welcome this opportunity to hold a detailed exchange of views on current issues on the OSCE agenda.


25.04.2017 - Draft OPCW decision on Syria chemical incident that Russia proposed and UK opposed

DRAFT DECISION ADDRESSING THE SITUATION AROUND THE ALLEGED USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN THE KHAN SHAYKHUN AREA OF SOUTHERN IDLIB IN THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC The Executive Council, Noting with grave concern reports regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Khan Shaykhun area of Southern Idlib in the Syrian Arab Republic on 4 April 2017; Underlining that the use of any chemical weapons and toxic chemicals as a weapon anywhere by anyone and under any circumstances is reprehensible and completely contrary to the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter “the Convention”) and all norms of international law and affirming that those responsible for the use of chemical weapons must be held accountable; Recognising the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and its readiness to continue the cooperation with the OPCW; Welcoming the request of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic for assistance in ensuring immediate and impartial investigation in the Khan Shaykhun area of Southern Idlib and the Shayrat airbase, as well as its readiness to ensure free and safe access to the Shayrat airbase, as contained in the letter to theDirector-General of the OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) dated 11 April 2017;


24.04.2017 - Foreign Ministry statement on the OSCE car explosion in Ukraine

According to statements coming from the OSCE, on the morning of April 23, 2017 an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission vehicle returning from a patrol, experienced a mine explosion in the district of Slavyanoserbsky, Lugansk Region, two kilometres away from the line of contact, resulting in the death of one paramedic from the United States working as a contractor with the OSCE. International monitors who were also in the vehicle were wounded.



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