Putin: Chemical Weapons Claims Utter Nonsense, A Provocation
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) ,- In one of the strongest statement by Russian Top-Diplomats in response to Western allegations and claims of “evidence” of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, Russia´s President, Vladimir Putin has denounced those allegations and claims as “utter nonsense” and “a provocation”.
Russia´s President, Vladimir Putin, has challenged the United States to present “its supposed evidence” to the UN Security Council, calling the idea that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people “utter nonsense” and the Western tactics “a provocation”.
The U.S. administration is justifying its plans to launch a unilateral attack on Syria, bypassing the United Nations Security Council on the premise that the government of Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Arab Army have used chemical agents.
The Russian President stressed, that Russia finds the accusations unacceptable and the idea of launching military strikes even more so. Putin stressed, that any attack which would be carried out without the approval of the UN Security Council would constitute a violation of international law.
A Security Council resolution requires the concurrent vote of all permanent members of the council. However, since 1948 it has become “commonly accepted practice”, that permanent members of the Security Council could enforce a Security Council resolution, also if it did not receive the concurrent vote of all permanent Security Council members, under the condition that those implementing or enforcing it would adhere to the letter, to the provisions of the resolution, and that only a veto would barr for implementing a resolution.
The Russian and Chinese endorsement of this “gentleman´s agreement at the Security Council came to an abrupt end in 2011, when the United States and its allied grossly overstepped the provisions of UNSC Resolution 1973 (2011) on Libya, abusing the fact that Russia and China abstained from voting, rather than casting a veto against the resolution, to wage a war of aggression, leading to the ousting of the Libyan government by NATO – led mercenaries, including the Libyan al-Qaeda franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Moreover, the illegal abuse of the resolution led to the murder of Libya´s head of state, Muammar Ghadafi, and cast the country into a still ongoing civil war.
Russia´s President, Vladimir Putin told U.S. President, Barak Obama, that Obama should consider the political fallout from a military strike and to take into consideration the suffering of innocent civilians.
Military Strikes an Outside Contingency Measure in Response to Syrian Governments Success in Combating Terrorism. President Putin stressed his certainty, that the strategy for a military intervention in Syria is a contingency measure from the outside, and a direct response to the Syrian government’s recent combat success, which forced the rebels away from long-held positions.
The Russian President, speaking to the ITAR-TASS news agency, put his thoughts about the Western military plans in plain language, saying:
“Syrian government forces are advancing, while the so-called rebels are in a tight situation, as they are not nearly as equipped as the government. . . . What those who sponsor the so-called rebels need to achieve is simple – they need to help them in their fight . . . and if this happens, it would be a tragic development”.
“Any unilateral use of force without authorization of the U.N. Security Council, no matter how limited it is, will be a clear violation of international law, it will undermine prospects for a political and diplomatic resolution of the conflict in Syria and will lead to a new round of confrontation and new casualties”. Lukashevich also stressed the absence of any proof of chemical weapons use.
The purported “proof of chemical weapons use” repeatedly reiterated by US officials, including Secretary of State, John Kerry, is outlined in a U.S. document, titled “U.S. Government Assessment on the Syrian Government´s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013″. The document both begins and concludes with statements of “high confidence”, but fails to provide any tangible evidence. A detailed analysis of the document has been published by Eric Draitser, who concludes:
The “U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013” is a poorly constructed attempt to justify the politically, militarily, and morally unjustifiable war against Syria. It relies on lies, distortions, and obvious propaganda to create the myth that Assad is the devil incarnate and that the US, with its clear moral high-ground, must take it upon itself to once again wage war for the sake of peace. Nothing could be more dishonest. Nothing could be more disgusting. Nothing could be more American.
U.S. President, Barak Obama, on the other hand, said on Friday, that he has not yet decided what action, if any, will be taken by the United States, while Secretary of State, John Kerry on Friday reiterated claims that:
“President Assad´s regime used chemical gas last week to kill more than 1.000 Syrian civilians”.
Entirely omitted in the Western Mainstream Media as well as Western and Gulf-Arab governments is the fact that details about the plans to launch a military campaign against Syria, based on large scale chemical weapons use have been known and published since June 2013.
Entirely omitted in Western mainstream media and governments narratives is also the result of the report of a Russian expert team into the use of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal. The result points, according to Russian official statements, to foreign-backed insurgents and not the Syrian government. Moreover, it is highly probable that the massacre in Khan al-Assal, following the use of chemical weapons by insurgents, was committed with the explicit purpose to murder eyewitnesses.
Seen in the light of the available evidence, pointing towards the premeditated use of chemical weapons by foreign-backed insurgents and the lack of substance in the US report on which it bases its claims of legitimacy to launch an illegal war, strong words from the side of the Russian President, such as “utter nonsense” and “a provocation” are not only understandable but as close to the truth as one can come.