Moscow Concerned by Threats of Use of Force Against Damascus

The UN Security Council adopted resolution 2401 that urges all parties to the Syrian conflict to immediately stop all clashes and obey a long-term humanitarian pause on the entire territory of the country.

Moscow is worried by reports about the possible use of force against Damascus; this will completely contradict the meaning and content of UN Security Council resolution 2401 on Syria, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“In the context of resolution 2401, it is important for us, first of all, that it calls on all the Syrian parties to engage in an intensive search for those decisions that are necessary. We are extremely worried by reports that, against the backdrop of a general increase in rhetoric against Damascus and anti-Russian rhetoric in Washington, threats of the use of force are again heard: unlawful, illegal. They are looking for pretexts for this,” Ryabkov told reporters.

According to him, “this completely contradicts the meaning and content of resolution 2401.”

All those who showed concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria must comply with the UN Security Council resolutions, Sergei Ryabkov added.

The UN resolution urges all parties of the conflict to immediately stop all clashes and follow a long-term humanitarian pause on the entire territory of Syria in order to guarantee the safe and humanitarian deliverers.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the monitoring of compliance with the ceasefire in Syria has quelled incessant violations in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Idlib.

The Defense Ministry also noted that the “al-Nusra Front” militants continue to detain hundreds of hostages, including women and children. In addition, the ministry added that illegal armed groups continue to block the possibility of civilians leaving eastern Ghouta.

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