Speaking to the press from Moscow, on Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova slammed the recent comment of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, who accused Russia of ‘barbaric’ actions in Syria.
Transcript from Russian, Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson : “Regarding the statement about barbaric actions by Russia in Syria, you need to understand that American officials do not understand the meaning of the words that they use, if you are speaking from a historical context. If we assume that they are doing it for such figurative effect, some symbolism, then they certainly use those words. It is hard to imagine anything more barbaric than the US policy towards Iraq or the position and policy of some illegal coalitions within Libya. In the region it is difficult to do this. This is why everything we see is a show but apparently they are not able to play it till the end and this is why American diplomats go into hysterics. The only thing I want to tell our American colleagues: it is diplomacy. It needs professionalism, moderation, patience and understanding of what you are doing.” Video ID: 20160926-035 ~ http://www.ruptly.tv
(RT) ~ The US envoy to the UN, who recently called Russia’s actions in Syria “barbarism,” is hypocritical, because nothing in modern history is more barbaric than what the US has done in Iraq and Libya, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a fiery rebuke.
The American envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, blasted Russia on Sunday at a Security Council meeting, accusing Moscow of civilian deaths in Aleppo in the wake of the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated by the US and Russia.
“What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism,” the US diplomat said in reference to the renewed hostilities in Syria.
She delivered an emotional speech, accusing Russia and Syria of attacks on aid workers, civilian infrastructure and residential areas, while omitting the fact that armed groups – including Al-Qaeda offshoot Al-Nusra Front – are in control of large parts of Aleppo and are using its population as human shields.
The use of the term ‘barbarism’ by the American envoy drew sarcastic remarks from Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
“Historically speaking… a barbarian is someone not belonging to an empire, and we have only one of those today,” she noted on her Facebook page.
“As for the imagery… the world has seen nothing more barbaric in modern history than Iraq and Libya done the Washington way.”
Zakharova believes that Power’s remarks were meant to draw attention from the American attack on Syrian troops near Deir ez-Zor, which happened amid the ceasefire and almost resulted in the Syrian Army’s positions being overrun by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which the US is supposedly seeking to eradicate.
Moscow blames the US for the failed truce, saying it was incapable of reining in rebel groups who would not commit to it, and would not agree to designating them as legitimate targets for counter-attacks.
Power, who received her current appointment in 2013, was among the most vocal supporters of the concept of “humanitarian interventionalism” – the use of military force on humanitarian grounds.
The invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya are both examples of such actions. In both cases, interventions meant to prevent human suffering actually caused huge tragedies in the long run.
Zakharova slams American “diplomats”: US holds world hostage to political ‘reality show’
Russia Insider, 29 September 2016 ~ Washington’s foreign policy is driven by hysteria and resembles a “reality show” in which nobody cares about facts and resorts to old cliches and attacks on Russia to gain international and domestic political capital, said Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman.
The political process driven by Moscow and Washington aimed at establishing a long-lasting peace in Syria is hanging by a thread after a series of events this month led to severe mistrust between the leading nations involved in the peace process.
While US-Russian relations steadily deteriorated after the February 2014 coup in Ukraine, both states found the political will to cooperate on a number of important international issues ranging from Iran’s nuclear program to the Syrian armed conflict.
Months-long diplomatic efforts on behalf of Russia and the US almost produced results, when US-led coalition jets bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and “paving the way”, according to the Syrian Army General Command, for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists to storm the city before Russia intervened on Saturday, September 17.
Two days later on Monday, an attack on a UN aid convoy which killed more than 20 people near Aleppo saw the US-Russian brokered cease-fire crumble. The US held Syria and Russia responsible for the strike on the convoy delivering food relief to a rebel-held area. However, Moscow denied the accusations, and blamed Washington for not honoring agreements on Syria.
As the violence in Syria gathers new momentum, all efforts to cease hostilities have failed. At the UN Security Council, earlier this month, US envoy Samantha Power slated her Russian counterpart with regards to Moscow’s objectives in Syria, while Russia accused the US of not living up to its promises.
On Wednesday, top US and Russian diplomats exchanged mutual accusations as they shared their positions on peace prospects in the war-torn country. Washington is preparing to suspend the “bilateral engagement” on Syria with Moscow, including the establishment of the Joint Implementation Center, unless Russia immediately halts the attack on Aleppo and restores the ceasefire, John Kerry told Russia’s Sergey Lavrov. The Russian FM asked the US to live up to its obligation to separate US-backed opposition from terrorists.
When asked by a journalist from Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda what had happened in Syria that had erased the months-long diplomatic effort, Zakharova said that the context of current Russian-US relations should be examined through the prism of domestic US politics that impacts Washington’s behavior on the international stage.
The spokeswoman explained that US behavior in terms of its approach to Syria and Russia in general is influenced by two facts, the first of which is the inability of the outgoing US President Barack Obama to produce tangible results in terms of his stated foreign policy objectives which have not materialized after eight years in office.
“He [Obama] had received a credit [of trust] to perform a particular job as the head of the country, which declares itself an international leader,” Zakharova said. “[Obama] now needs to do everything possible to somehow influence something, and somehow inscribe himself in the history of international relations, as long as the international community has issued him with such a credit [of trust]. He needs to report but there is nothing to report. Almost everything that he stated on the foreign policy direction, did not play out.”
“Unfortunately, this is the trouble of the modern world, where the largest and most powerful empire uses international relations and international platforms for addressing internal issues, political processes and ambitions. It is our misfortune. We are all hostages to it,” Zakharova said.
Not diplomacy but “shaping public opinion” is what drives American behavior on international platforms such as the United Nations, Zakharova said, calling such an approach an “online reality show” demonstrated to audiences to influence their opinion of US politicians. Zhakharova called Power’s attack on Churkin following the American strike on Syrian army positions a “part of the show.”
The show is there to “distract attention” America’s inability to fulfill its obligations, Zakharova said. “You need to explain to the world why the Syrian settlement is not moving on, why the year-long efforts are now negated. Who’s to blame? Russia.”
The US and its allies are using “cliches”, demanding that Russia must explain its actions Syria and prove the “seriousness” of its commitment to peace.
“But who are they that we have to prove something to them?” the diplomat wondered. “It is they who have to prove [their commitment], after destroying Iraq, Libya, walking all over the Middle East with their boots, breaking all conceivable laws of existence in the region.”