Russia – China and CSTO draw Red Line about NATO Despotism
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – Following US attempts to blackmail Russia into adopting a Security Council resolution which would pave the way for a US aggression against Syria under the UN Charter´s Chapter 7, by threatening to block Syria´s accession to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, China and Russia responded by drawing an unequivocal red line with regards to Syria. The Chinese and Russian position has the support of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), who stressed the need for a peaceful resolution to the situation in Syria at a CSTO council meeting on Monday.
Strong Russian Response to U.S. Attempt to Blackmail Russia on Syria´s Accession to OPCW. A U.S. Attempt to blackmail Russia into a concurrent vote for a Security Council resolution that would render a loophole for military aggression against Syria under the UN Charter´s Chapter 7 has prompted unequivocal responses from both Russia and China.
According to statements from Russia´s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, the USA threatened, that it would withdraw its support for Syria´s accession into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OCPW). The Russian Top-Diplomat responded, saying:
“Our American partners are starting to blackmail us: ‘If Russia does not support a resolution under Chapter 7, then we will withdraw our support for Syria’s entry into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This is a complete departure from what I agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry”.
Lavrov described the USA, saying that Russia´s western partners are blinded by an ideological mission for regime change. Lavrov´s statement underpinned what analysts had warned about since Syria agreed with the Russian – brokered “deal” to render its chemical weapons under international control and to become a member of the OCPW.
Joint Chinese – Russian Rejection of Threats as Unacceptable. The Chinese National People´s Congress and the Russian Federation Council said, that threats of using force or military intervention against Syria are unacceptable, and that the only way to solve the crisis is dialog.
The joint statement was issued on Monday, at the conclusion of a meeting of the two country´s foreign affairs committies in Moscow. Both the Chinese and the Russian delegates stressed that the long overdue international conference on Syria in Geneva must be held as soon as possible to find a political solution, and to end the suffering of the Syrian people. The joint statement implied the risk that failure to find a political solution could lead to even more tragic developments in the Middle East.
China Comdemned Terrorist Attack on Russian Embassy in Damascus. On Sunday, a mortar shell landed on the territory of the Russian Embassy in Damascus. Although a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson conveyed China´s condolences to the victims, Russia did not report any casualties and states that the embassy is working normally. The attack however, prompted the unequivocal condemnation of China.
On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hong Lei, condemned Sunday´s terrorist attack on the Russian Embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus, saying:
“We express serious concerns over the shellfire attack on the Russian embassy in Syria. We denounce such actions and offer our condolences to the victims of the attack. We call on all parties to observe the Vienna Convention in order to ensure the safety of diplomats in Syria. We call for a cease fire and for starting a dialog to stabilize the situation in the country”.
The prompt Chinese response to the terrorist attack did not come unexpectedly, as China´s embassy in the former Yugoslavia was “accidentally” attacked with a U.S. American cruise missile.
China´s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi to visit USA, Calls for Compromise regarding Syria´s Chemical Weapons as soon as possible. Following Russian announcements of the US blackmail attempt, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, stated to the Chinese news agency Xinghua, that it is important for the international community to reach a compromise regarding Syria´s chemical weapons as soon as possible.
During a meeting with UN Secretary General ban Kyi-moon in New York on Sunday, the Chinese Foreign Minister stressed, that the international community should get rid of these weapons and find a solution for the crisis equivalently. Wang Yi stressed the importance of objectivity, honesty and professional work at the OPCW with regards to Syria´s chemical weapons, and that China is ready to send experts to participate in the inspection and destruction process of chemical weapons in Syria.
Stressing the importance of objectivity, the Chinese Foreign Minister may have preempted further U.S. threats from the USA, to withdraw US support for Syria´s accession to the OPCW and related developments. A recent nsnbc report, for example, warned that both the UK and Germany may be involved in the attempt to frame Syria for non-compliance with its obligation to provide a full inventory.
Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) warns against the Spread of Terrorism and stress Need for joint Position on resolving Syria Crisis. On Monday, the Council of the CSTO met to discuss the situation in Syria and the risk of the spread of terrorism across the region.
Russia´s President, Vladimir Putin, warned that the spread of terrorism in troubled countries like Syria constitutes a real threat to CSTO member countries. Putin stressed that the terrorist organizations which are currently active in the troubled countries did not appear out of the thin air and that they won´t simply disappear into the thin air.
The Russian President stopped short of openly denouncing the USA and other NATO countries for their well documented and systematic use of al-Qaeda as mercenary brigades for the subversion of targeted nations. NATO implicitly made the subversion of countries by abuse of UN resolutions and in cooperation with al-Qaeda brigades part of its military doctrine at NATO´s 25th Summit in Chicago, in June 2012.
Putin described the terrorist brigades in terms of being a real threat and a real issue that can affect any CSTO member. Putin stressed that the CSTO cannot afford to ignore the situation in Syria and that it is necessary for the CSTO members to formulate a joint position on how to resolve the crisis.
CSTO Council Meeting of Greater Importance than it Appears at First Glance. The meeting of the CSTO Council and discussions about formulating a joint position on how to solve the Syria crisis and the risk of terrorism may have greater importance than one can be led to believe by the lack of mainstream media coverage.
Analysts, including Agha H. Amin and Christof Lehmann, have been warning about US / NATO plans to create a string of low-intensity conflicts from the Eastern Mediterranean, along the resource rich and soft underbelly of Russia´s and China´s Middle Eastern and Central Asian republics for some time. F. William Engdahl warns about the risk for an aggravation of the low-intensity conflict in Pakistan´s Baluchistan province, which would impact both CSTO member states as well as China. With regards to China, the U.S. / Globalist pivot has also begun affecting Myanmar and Chinese gas and oil supplies, as Lehmann wrote in 2012.
A joint approach to Syria from the side of the CSTO member states, and increasing Chinese efforts to stress that another US aggression is unacceptable underpins that the “Crisis in Syria” is a de-facto confrontation between the USA / NATO and Russia – China and their allies.
During the opening of the CSTO Council meeting in the Russian city of Sochi on Monday, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said:
“We are concerned over the situation in Syria, not only in light of its repercussions on the whole region, but also due to its aftermath on the systems of international laws“.
Both Russia and China are drawing a clear and according to analysts and international experts, a much needed red line with regards to the US push for an illegal military aggression against Syria. In a 2012 article, titled “South East China Sea, A Perfect Crisis for the International Crisis Group, the authors Black, Fetzer, Mezyaev and Lehmann detailed what they called the explosion of international law at its very foundation and the descend into anarchy and despotism with regards to international law.
The statement by Russia´s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, saying: “Our American partners are starting to blackmail us: ‘If Russia does not support a resolution under Chapter 7, then we will withdraw our support for Syria’s entry into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This is a complete departure from what I agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry” elicits how far the descend into lawlessness has progressed. The assertive statement also indicates, that the post 2001 period of an unchallenged US/NATO push for global, full spectrum dominance is ending with Syria.