SHAFAQNA – A Russian political analyst believes Russia vetoed anti-Syrian sanctions resolution in the UNSC because evidence was lacking that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons.
Mr. Mikhail Alexandrov told in an interview that Egypt had also been a victim of what he believed was Western international support for terrorism; thus, Al-Sisi, upon seeing the Assad success in Syria, tried to become closer to the country and prevent further damage to Egypt’s national interests through following a Western line which had been categorically destabilizing the region:
Russia and China vetoed the draft resolution, proposed by the US and its allies, because it was not substantiated by facts. There is no proof that Syrian government used chemical weapons during the war in Syria. It is more likely that these weapons were used by opposition to discredit the government of Bashar Al-Assad. It is also possible that Western special services were involved in organizing these provocations. As such, the above resolution has nothing to do with non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It is aimed at weakening the Syrian government international position in the situation when Bashar Al-Assad is winning the war in Syria.
Egypt cast a vote of abstention in the case of the resolution against Syrian government. What is the reason behind this vote? Is President Al- Sisi getting closer to Syrian government?
Egypt understands very well the Western policies in the Middle East aimed at political destabilization and support of international terrorism. Egypt itself was a victim of this policy. That is why Egypt is interested in supporting integrity of the Syrian state and does not want to undermine the positions of the Syrian government.
The US ambassador to UNSC criticized Russia for its veto on the mentioned sanctions. Could this potentially bring about more tensions and disagreements between president Trump administration and Russia?
If the current US administration continues the Obama policies of supporting international terrorism and destabilization of the Middle East, the disagreements between president Trump’s administrations and Russia will certainly increase.
Mikhail Alexandrov is PhD in Political Science and Leading Expert at the Centre for Military and Political Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.