Russia has accused Britain, France, and the United States of having attempted to “poison” the atmosphere of the latest round of the intra-Syrian negotiations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the three countries, which together recently drafted and put to a vote an anti-Syria resolution at the United Nations Security Council, sought to undermine the peace talks by “hurriedly” submitting the draft text at the 15-member Council.
Lavrov said that the measure was taken without any prior discussions and with the knowledge that it would be blocked.
Russia and China, two of the five permanent members of the Council, vetoed the resolution on February 28, when it was put to a vote.
Lavrov said the authors of the motion “wanted the Security Council to split up” at a critical moment when the long-stalled, UN-backed peace talks were being re-launched.
The latest round of the UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks was held in the Swiss city of Geneva between February 23 and March 3. The talks, meant to find a solution to the conflict in Syria, had been stalled for a year.
“The aim was not just divide the UN Security Council but to poison the atmosphere of intra-Syrian talks,” the top Russian diplomat emphasized.