The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova urged his fellow ombudsmen from other countries – to oppose the possible introduction of new sanctions against Russia in connection with its position on the Syrian issue. A statement published on the website of the Russian Ombudsman.
As noted Moskalkova, “the prospect of tougher sanctions against Russia in connection with its position on Syria, which is still in effect a Treaty of friendship and cooperation, concluded in 1980, is puzzling”.
“The only legitimate unilateral coercive measures include sanctions approved by the UN security Council, as only they meet the spirit and letter of the UN Charter. I believe that a new round of sanctions would testify to flagrant violations of the rights of Russian citizens, who are not related to political positions of individual States on the world stage,” – said in a statement.
Moskalkova said that, as the Commissioner for human rights in Russia cannot stay aside and encourages his fellow ombudsmen “to condemn the use of sanctions as a tool of political pressure on the will of the people and freedom”.
The statement indicated that the Helsinki final act of 1975, which was signed, including the UK and US, establishes that States parties undertake to abandon the “economic or other coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by another state party of the rights inherent in its sovereignty”.
“I believe that imposing its position by exerting pressure on other countries, regardless of their opinion, negates the whole system of values in human rights, developed by the international community, and devalues the very idea of human rights,” reads the statement.
The worsening situation in Syria
Earlier the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley in interview of si-EN-EN has declared that the American President Donald trump intends to discuss the issue of sanctions against Russia and Iran for their support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
In addition, the Times newspaper reported that British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will demand at the meeting of foreign Ministers of the group of seven to toughen sanctions against Russia in response to the recent events of Syria if Moscow does not stop supporting Damascus. According to Johnson, the foreign Ministers will consider the possibility of imposing sanctions against senior Russian and Syrian military.
According to the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, Syrian air force on April 4 in the city of Khan shaykhun in the Syrian province of Idlib bombed a shop, where the militants were producing ammunition with toxic substances that existed in Iraq and were used in Aleppo. The Agency Reuters with reference to “Syrian monitoring centre for human rights” (The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) argued that the strike could cause of the Syrian government forces, who used “toxic gas”.
April 7, the U.S. Armed forces by order of the trump 59 launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at the military airport in the Syrian province of HOMS. The US government called the strike a response to the intended application of April 4 chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib. According to the Pentagon, it was from this airfield was started by the alleged chemical attack.