Russia blocks Security Council statement that distorts facts about situation in Idleb

New York, SANA – Russia’s Deputy Representative at the UN Vladimir Safronkov said on Friday that Moscow blocked a report at the Security Council on Syria which had attempted to distort facts about the situation in Idleb province.

Safronkov told journalist that following closed discussions regarding Syria at the Security Council on Friday, Russia blocked the publication of a press statement drafted by Belgium, Germany, and Kuwait, the contents of which distorted facts regarding the actual situation in Idleb.

He said that Western states must admit that armed groups affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra are active in Idleb under various names.

Safronkov said that there is dialogue between Russia and the United States, which is why the US decided not to let any unnecessary information leave the Security Council discussions, as Russia wanted to explain the situation off camera, adding that work is underway to reach common grounds.

He also reiterated the need to respect Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity in deeds, not just words.

Hazem Sabbagh

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