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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

23.11.2017 - Joint statement by Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey

President of The Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of The Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of The Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gathered in Sochi on November 22, 2017, for а tripartite meeting, reaffirmed their determination to continue active collaboration among Iran, Russia and Turkey with а view to establishing peace and stability in Syria, envisaged by UNSCR 2254.


22.11.2017 - Dmitri Hvorostovsky passed away

The Embassy deeply regrets to inform about the death of a renowned Russian opera singer Dmitri Hvorostovsky, holder of Order “For Merit of the Fatherland” (2017), Order of Alexander Nevsky (2015). Book of condolences is open 22nd November 15.00-18.00, 23rd November 10.00-18.00, 24th November 10.00-18.00 at the Embassy (6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP). You can also send your condolences by e-mail: condolences@rusemb.org.uk. The Embassy contact telephone number: +44 (0) 20 7221 3147.


18.11.2017 - Response of the Embassy’s press-secretary to the media question on Syria

Question: UK Special Representative for Syria Martin Longden via Twitter accused Russia of “lack of commitment to protecting international peace and security in Syria” after Russia vetoed the UNSC draft resolution, put forward by the US, on renewal of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria. What is the Embassy’s comment on this matter?


14.11.2017 - Comment by Russian MFA Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the anti-Russian statements by Theresa May

We have taken note of the statement concerning Russia made on 13 November by the British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet 2017. This time our country is ranked first among “threats to the international community”, not just equal to others as before. Thus, the United Kingdom is making an attempt to claim global leadership in deterrence of Russia, in order to protect the existing world order, as PM Theresa May put it.


13.11.2017 - Russian schoolchildren, winners of the Robert Burns Competition, visit Scotland

In 2017, a student of Gymnasium No. 61 in St. Petersburg Tamara Santrosyan became a winner of the the Robert Burns competition. This creative competition is held annually among schoolchildren of St.Petersburg in honor of the national Scottish poet through the efforts of the local charity forum St. Petersburg with its permanent leaders Tom and Elizabeth Clark and the International Federation of Robert Burns with support of the Robert Burns Museum.


12.11.2017 - Visit to Glasgow Prestwik Airport

During a visit to South Ayrshire on 3d of November 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov had a tour of Glasgow Prestwik Airport and a meeting with the management of the airport.


12.11.2017 - Visit to Scottish textile company Beggs of Ayr

During a visit to South Ayrshire on 2d of November 2017 Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A.Pritsepov visited a textile company producing cashmere and woolen cloth Beggs of Ayr where he had a meeting with the management of the company and enjoyed a mill tour.


12.11.2017 - Commemorative ceremony at the Memorial of the Russian legendary Naval cruiser «Varyag»

118 years ago on 1 November 1899 the Russian legendary Naval cruiser «Varyag» was launched. In memory of this event on 2 November 2017, Consul General of Russia Andrey A.Pritsepov and Provost of South Ayrshire Helen Moonie laid wreaths at the monument commemorating the legend of the Russian fleet in Lendalfoot. Representatives of the South Ayrshire City Council and local residents also took part in the event. «Varyag» became famous for her crew's stoicism during the unequal battle of Chemulpo Bay on 9 February 1904 during the Russo-Japanese War.


11.11.2017 - Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump approved a joint statement on Syria

President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the United States Donald Trump approved a joint statement on Syria following a conversation on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. The statement reads:


10.11.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, November 9, 2017



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