2 June 2014, 12:31

Russia to submit resolution to UN Security Council to stop violence in Ukraine - FM Lavrov

Russia to submit resolution to UN Security Council to stop violence in Ukraine - FM Lavrov

Russia plans to submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution on the stabilization of the situation in Ukraine on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "As to the measures that need to be taken [to stop the violence in Ukraine], I am convinced that everyone should focus on unconditional fulfillment of the Geneva statement of April 17 and the so-called roadmap based on its basis by the president of Switzerland as chairperson of the OSCE," Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow on Monday.

"To achieve the fulfillment of these documents, both of which begin with a demand to halt any violence, Russia plans to submit to the Security Council a draft resolution today," the minister said, Interfax reports.

In its draft resolution on Ukraine for the United Nations Security Council Russia proposes to create humanitarian corridors in the east of this country.

"This draft resolution will contain a requirement to immediately create humanitarian corridors that will help civilians leave hostility zones, should they wish so," Sergei Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow on Monday. Russia will submit the draft resolution with the UN SC on Monday.

At the same time, Lavrov criticized the way the Western media are covering the crisis in Ukraine.

"We are very concerned about what is going on. People die every day and civilians suffer increasingly. The army, combat aviation, and heavy weapons continue to be used against them. Residential quarters are under fire, and all these things can be watched virtually live," he said.

"Unfortunately, most Western media keep silent about this information and show different pictures. For example, I was amazed when I watched several editions of Euronews in a row where not a single word was said about Ukraine," Lavrov said.

Lavrov also said the forecast of the Western countries, which promised stabilization of the situation in Ukraine after the presidential elections, did not eventuate.

"Our Western colleagues convinced us for a long time that the situation in Ukraine would calm down immediately after the presidential elections in Ukraine. Everything is the other way round," he said.

"We want the SC to require that civilians be allowed to leave and humanitarian aid delivered to the hostility zones freely. We consider it a matter of principle to reaffirm in the SC decision the validity of the Geneva conventions and other norms of international humanitarian law, to demand strict compliance with them, including any assistance to the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international humanitarian organizations working in southeast Ukraine, and to demand prevention of any actions which would prevent humanitarian staff from fulfilling their duties," Lavrov said.

Russia has "deliberately formulated its initiative in a depoliticized way by aiming it at taking measures that will immediately alleviate the sufferings of the civilians, at compliance with the Geneva Statement and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) roadmap, which gained broad international support," the Russian foreign minister stressed.

"And we hope that such a humanitarian nature of our initiative will be correctly perceived by the UN SC and our resolution accepted for immediate processing," the Russian foreign minister said.

Lavrov to discuss situation in N Africa, Middle East, and Sahara-Sahel with Mauritania FM

The situation in North Africa, the Middle East, and Sahara-Sahel zone will be in the focus of attention in Moscow on Monday at talks between the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Mauritania, Sergei Lavrov and Ahmed Ould Teguedi. Russia's Foreign Ministry analysts regard the Mauritanian minister's visit as "an important stride along the lines of development of the traditional relations of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries."

The visit "is made on the eve of the 50th anniversary (July 12) of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mauritania," they point out.

Bilateral cooperation between the two countries is based on such principles as "equality and mutual respect, solidarity and readiness to take into consideration the requirements and legitimate interests of each side in a partner-like manner".

Over the past five decades, specialists from Russia have been participating in geological prospecting in the territory of Mauritania, in survey for oil, the establishment of fish-processing enterprises, and oceanographic research, says the ministry's commentary.

Russian physicians have been successfully working for many years in hospitals and other medical institutions of Mauritania. More than 1,500 Mauritanians have received education at Soviet and Russian universities and institutes.

At present, Mauritania is going through an important phase of internal political life. Parliamentary and municipal elections were held at the end of 2013. The country's presidential polls are scheduled for June 21. "We take a positive view of the fact that Mauritania consistently proceeds along the road of democratic transformations on the basis of interaction among all foremost political forces that are ready to constructively participate in the political process," the ministry's analysts emphasize.

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