Russia and China summarily dismissed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution yesterday, that is said to aim at facilitating the flow of relief supplies into besieged areas of Syria. According to news reports, Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg presented the draft resolution last week, but a meeting to discuss it at the UN Security Council was canceled, because both Russia and China refused to discuss it.
According to Itar-Tass, the draft document speaks of a fifteen-day deadline for fulfilling a list of demands that includes an end to all forms of violence and encroachments on international law, including the bombings of populated localities and attack on humanitarian missions, as well as the lifting of blockades of cities. Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, warned that the resolution won’t help the humanitarian situation in Syria and might even undermine it. He said that Russia believes the resolution is intended to build up tensions around Syria, “something that’s not needed right now, especially in the context of Geneva II talks,” and therefore “this text won’t be endorsed.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was even more blunt, however. “It looks like they are trying to use the humanitarian topic, as they once did with the chemical arms problem, to justify an end to the settlement process and create a pretext for a military scenario in order to topple the regime,” he said, an approach which he called “counter-productive.”