UN Security Council blocked Russia’s statement on Syria

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The UN Security Council has blocked the statement for the press regarding the participants in the negotiations to resolve the conflict in Syria, that was proposed by Russia.

In a statement of the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin, quoted by the press service of the permanent mission, it was said that Moscow prepared a draft statement to the Security Council, with a call to ensure the highest level of representation in inter-Syrian dialogue. The diplomat explained that the Russian side was concerned about the lack of invitation for Syrian Kurds.

According to Churkin, the draft statement has been blocked by some Western countries. “Ukrainian delegation has also made its destructive move,” – said the permanent representative.

The diplomat expressed his surprise by the outcome of the discussion.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly insisted on the participation of the Kurds in Syrian negotiations. The Moscow explained this by the fact that it was the Syrians themselves who must decide whether their country is going to be a federation, where Kurds will also have their autonomy.

The Kurds did not receive an invitation to inter-Syrian talks in Geneva neither in January, nor in March 2016. Turkey advocated against their participation, since it considers Kurdish armed groups terrorist organizations.

Kurds control a large area in the north of Syria: Hasakah province, northern areas of the provinces of Aleppo and Raqqa, as well as a small area of ​​the province of Deir ez-Zor. In all these areas the Kurds are opposed mostly by militants of the Islamic State.

Source: RBC