September 15, 2013
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that — under the agreement negotiated with Secretary of State John Kerry — Russia would have veto power over the use of military force to punish Syrian dictator Bashar Assad if he uses or retains some of his chemical weapons stockpiles.
“And of course, in these approaches agreed on, there is nothing said about the use of force, not about any automatic sanctions we – as I said, all violations should be approved in the Security Council convincingly,” Lavrov said in his opening statement during a press conference Saturday with Kerry.
“Of course, it does not mean that every violation that will be reported to the Security Council will be taken by word,” Lavrov said when a reporter asked for clarification on the threat of force.
“Of course, we will investigate every case, because there are a lot of false information, pieces of information in the world, and we should be very cautious about every fact. And when we are sure, 100 percent, then we in the Russian Federation will be ready to adopt new resolution of the Security Council to embed the measures to punish the perpetrators of this violation, and it’s nonsense to continue the speculations on the matter today.”
This article was posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 6:05 am