Moscow will vote against an “obviously biased” new UN draft resolution on Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.
According to the foreign ministry’s Saturday statement, the document to be put to vote at the UN General Assembly is “full of conflicting terms.” The ministry said that the resolution blames Damascus entirely for the situation in Syria while failing to acknowledge the terrorist activities being carried out in the country, as well as the logistical and financial support foreign-backed militants are receiving. The foreign ministry further added that the resolution is seeking the approval of the General Assembly to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow has already voted against two UN resolutions against Damascus. On Monday, the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq network officially announced its allegiance with Syria's foreign-backed and terrorist al-Nusra Front to play an even greater role in the Syrian conflict. While al-Qaeda-linked groups have been listed as terrorist entities subject to sanctions by the United Nations, militants in Syria, including those belonging to the al-Nusra Front, have been receiving all forms of support from the West. The unrest in Syria began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.