Russia proposed that the UN send a special envoy to Syria on Twitter Tuesday, to help coordiniate security and humanitarian efforts. Russia’s foreign ministry has urged the U.N. Security council to prompt the U.N. Security General to set these efforts in motion.
Russia proposes that the SC call on the UN Sec-Gen to send a special envoy to Syria to coordinate secure humanitarian aid delivery
— MFA Russia (@MFA_Russia) February 21, 2012
This comes after Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin stated the world should help correct the humanitarian crisis in Syria on Monday, after Damascus permitted the Red Cross to bring aid to some regions. Russia had also recently opted out of the “Friends of Syria” meeting in Tunisia, citing that the oraganizers failed to invite any members of the Syrian government.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) February 21, 2012
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the meeting in wouldn’t facilitate a dialogue, saying that “the global community should act as friends of the entire Syrian people, and not just one part.”
Syria is the last ally Russia has in the Middle East, and Moscow has maintained close ties with Damascus since the Cold War era, when Syria was led by President Bashar Assad’s father, Hafez Assad. Russia, along with China, have already vetoed two Security Council plans that were backed by the Arab League, fearing a repeat of the resolution in Libya. In that instance, Russia refused to vote, which cleared the way for months of NATO air force attacks that assisted Libyans to end Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.
So far, this is the sole reaction to Russia’s urging of a UN Envoy to Syria:
@MFA_Russia * O’Yes O’Glorious Russia * I Will Write A Sacred Letter Of Influence To Syrian Army Generals. Lord Sage General A. P. Temple
— Lord Sage Temple (@LordSageTemple) February 21, 2012