Russia: U.S., Britain, France and Jordan refuse to list ISIS on Security Council’s sanctions list as standalone organization

Moscow, SANA – The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the U.S., Britain, France and Jordan shot down a Russian-backed Syrian request to add ISIS to the Security Council’s sanctions list as a standalone organization.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry said the Americans and their proponents insist that changing the name in the sanctions list from “Al Qaeda in Iraq” to ISIS “doesn’t reflect the actual reality of things” and that ISIS is included in the list under the aforementioned name.

The Ministry said that the obvious political motivation for such a position is attempting to dodge responsibility for the growing threat of ISIS, with these sides trying to prove that it isn’t a new organization that resulted from plots to topple the Syrian government by clinging to the idea that it’s just Al Qaeda in Iraq, so that they can claim that the coalition that is against the Syrian government doesn’t bear any responsibility for the rise of ISIS.

The statement said that these claims being made by Washington aren’t convincing, noting that the U.S. is using the excuse that its State Department changed the name of “Al Qaeda in Iraq” to ISIS in a bid to justify their position in the UN, with the Ministry bringing back to mind the fact that Al Qaeda in Iraq emerged due to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Hazem Sabbagh

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