Moscow — the UN Security Council has failed the resolution, which condemns alleged chemical attack in Syria and was an appeal to the government of Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with the Commission of inquiry. Russia used its right of veto. Thus, Moscow for the sixth time blocks adoption of a resolution on Syria. China, which had always shown solidarity With Russia, this time abstained.
Deputy permanent representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov criticized the document as a provocation. According to him, the resolution recalls the early condemnation of the Syrian government forces, whereas the required independent investigation under the leadership of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW). The refusal to support the resolution is not surprising, because the previous view of Moscow, explained the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov after meeting with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson (Rex Tillerson).
Speech Safrankova as a diplomat was highly unusual. Sharp remarks in the UN security Council are common, but personal attacks are rare. But Safronkov chastised specifically British representative Matthew Rycroft (Matthew Rycroft), who rebuked Moscow in “abuse of veto” to protect Assad. In addition, Rycroft called Assad a “murderer” and “criminal.”
Safronov started the speech with the charges of the British authorities that they are doing everything to undermine the peace process in Syria. “Are you afraid, lost sleep, that we will cooperate with the United States,” he mocked, turning to London and Paris. He then addressed “you” directly to Raycroft and yelled at him: “Look at me, the eyes do not take you eye bends?”. Raycroft really looked at Safrankova. “You, Mr. Raycroft, voted today not on the agenda, and insulted Syria, Iran, Turkey and some other countries,” — said Safronov and demanded from the Chairman of the meeting of the UN security Council to put Raycroft in place.
After a flood of new accusations of London that he’s in cahoots with terrorists, Safronov made his appeal to Raycroft threat: “don’t ever insult Russia”. In the Russian language, unlike English, there is a clear difference between “you” and “You”. However, Lavrov also spoke on “you” to “my friend John” (Kerry), however, in the case safrankova by the use of such forms of address — an unprecedented diplomatic discourtesy. Although it is not comparable with the legendary speech of Khrushchev at the UN General Assembly, when he banged his Shoe on the table, the dissatisfaction in his speech, the 53-year-old career diplomat definitely aroused.
In Moscow, on the contrary, the media admired by Safrankova because of his rudeness. It seems this is a new trend in Russian diplomacy. Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the Russian foreign Ministry, known for her sharp tongue. “Allow me to say something, or do You hear the Russian “Grad (missiles)” — so she lashed out on one of the talk shows on his opponent. His political opponents she insulted as “Nazis”. She said that people who “manipulate the memory of the soldiers of the red Army,” could “get in the face”.
Naturally, with great pleasure she jumped on the U.S. government. In December she called the Obama administration “a group of foreign losers, angry and limited”. She is always ready tough, but for the most part not very diplomatic review. By the way, because of this, it opposes the former press Secretary of the state Department Jen Psaki (Jen Psaki). In any case, it is noticeable that since Zakharova took office, the Russian foreign Ministry, earlier so official, in the course of new speech style.
Even the tone of the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov are often recently, and not diplomatic in nature, and this applies not only to political opponents. Two years ago, when he translated a question by a journalist, he swore softly and said “morons”, then added another expletive. The same expression he gave a statement to Reuters.
And during a meeting with Rex Tillerson in Moscow, he “hit” on American journalists (which is Zakharov’s later “celebrated” on his Facebook page). “Who taught you manners?” — he lashed out at them when they were going to ask him questions before he began the opening speech. “You can scream now,” he allowed them then when I was finished.
This is surprising only at first glance: in the end, President Vladimir Putin is also known for its rough comparisons. He demanded “to wet terrorists in a toilet”. One critically configured journalist, he offered to do the “circumcision, so nothing more will grow back.” If you remember the high ratings of the master of the Kremlin, it seems that strong words are a reliable means to gain the sympathy of the public — and so now he [the President] is imitated by many officials.