The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, denounced on Sunday the “blackmail” from the United States to Russia to approve a resolution in the Security Council of the UN to authorize the use of force in Syria in exchange for Syria becoming part of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Sounds strange?
Syria can join the organization, but Russia and the government of Syria need to allow the U.S. to bomb the African country.
“Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us”, said Lavrov. Later he responded to the American suggestion that “If Russia does not support a resolution under Chapter VII, we will withdraw our support for the Syrian entry to the OPCW”.
To Lavrov, this position “is a complete abandonment of what was agreed with the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry” in reference to the agreement reached on 14 September in Geneva between Lavrov and Kerry for the removal of chemical arsenal Assad regime Bashar al-Assad.
So, Russia has accused the United States and its allies of being “blinded” by the premise that “Assad must go”.
Chapter VII of the UN Charter would authorize the use of force against another country, provided with the authorization of the Security Council of the UN, where Russia and China, allies of the Assad regime, has veto power.