U.S. Sponsors New Sanctions Against Syria At UN Security Council, Russia “Has No Choice” But To Veto

By Brandon Turbeville

If anyone doubts that the Trump administration is merely the continuation of the Anglo-American establishment, at least where Syria and Western imperialism is concerned, they need only follow the recent events having taken place in the United Nations Security Council.

In a draft initiated and supported by the United States, U.K., and France, a plan was put forward to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government in the form of a ban on all shipments of helicopters to the army or the government. It also included sanctions on a number of Syrian officials and government institutions allegedly involved in “chlorine attacks.” The draft resolution received nine votes, the minimum necessary for passing such a document. However, both the Russians and the Chinese as well as the Bolivians vetoed the measure with Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Ethiopia abstaining.

The coalition of Western powers who submitted the draft used dubious claims by the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism that attempted to blame the Syrian government for dropping “chlorine bombs” on civilians. That report, however, was fraught with shoddy investigation and relied mostly on “witnesses” cherry picked by pro-terrorist, anti-Syrian NGOs and “opposition” members.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stated,

The names of people and companies involved in Assad’s use of chemical weapons are public – all listed in the annex of this draft resolution for everyone to see. The United States has already designated for sanctions every person and every entity listed in the annex. We will work with our EU and other like-minded partners to push for similar sanctions as soon as possible.

Yet the Russian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that the draft resolution was an obviously cynical political move designed to split the UN security council and scuttle negotiations with no real results except that it would harm the international fight against terrorism.

“The fight against ISIL (former name of the Islamic State group outlawed in Russia) and other terrorist groups in Syria should be imperative for everyone. Any unilateral or multilateral sanctions against Damascus will only weaken the international anti-terrorist front,” the Ministry said.

“There is no doubt that such initiatives at the UN Security Council and OPCW platforms can have an adverse effect on the prospects for a political settlement in Syria, the talks on which were relaunched in Geneva on February 23. They also impair work on establishing the intra-Syrian dialogue that successfully began in Astana,” the Ministry added.

The Ministry also stated,

Russia has put forward these arguments during the consultations on the draft resolution over the past few months.

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Nevertheless, the Western trio deliberately and evidently with provocative aims has gone as far as to split the UN Security Council and to inject a draft, knowing beforehand that it was unacceptable for Russia (and not only for it) and so would be vetoed. Along with this, the co-authors of the document were dodging by any means from the search for compromise solutions. Actually, their goal was not to find effective and mutually acceptable solutions but to polarize attitudes and aggravate the situation.

The Ministry also expressed gratitude for those countries that, “realizing that such actions are inappropriate and untimely and correctly evaluating the terrorist threats emanating from that region, including its ‘chemical’ component, deemed it necessary to vote against or disagree with this harmful initiative.”

In addition, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Vladmir Safronkov, stated that the United States and the other initiators of the draft have embarked upon a strategy of confrontation.

Despite our consistent appeals, the authors chose a politically motivated path, leading to confrontation and adding complexity to the situation, including on our Security Council platform.

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They opted for deliberately heating up tensions, being well aware from the very start that this initiative has no chances of being approved at the Security Council.

He also said that Russia “had no other choice but to block the passing of this resolution, the sanction list of which is copied from the analogous American list, approved at the start of this year by the previous US administration.”

While many may have hoped that Donald Trump would bring a more rational approach to foreign policy, especially when it comes to Syria and Russia, all signs are pointing in the opposite direction, with the Trump regime sending clear signals that it is going to be just as anti-Russia and focused on the destruction of Syria as the previous administration.

Even while it is reasonable and admirable to hope for the best, there does come a time when an individual has to admit that certain ships have sailed and that the best is not to come. When that time arrives, he must become active in ensuring that the best does, in fact, happen despite the obstacles and the disappointments that have prevented positive change.

First, however, if he has been fooled, he must admit that he has been fooled. With that in mind, it appears that many Trump supporters are no doubt going to have to go through a difficult process of admission and re-examination in the coming weeks and months.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of eight books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference It Makes: 36 Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 700 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

  • drbhelthi

    The plan of Judaism to remove all Arabs from the territory of the former “Babylon,” and to incorporate the territory into the “greater Israel” is unrelated with “Israel” of the Old Testament and the “Israel” of the New Testament. It is a resurrection and continuation of the Holocaust conducted on genuine Semites that was initiated by David Ben-Gurion in Fall 1947, which was consumated with the U.N. land-grant of 1948. The territory from which Ben-Gurion drove 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and towns, murdering thousands, was incorporated into the illegal land-grant and awarded to Ben-Gurion and terrorist organization of Judaism in 1948. The effort to remove president Assad of Syria and overtake the territory is simply terrorism by Judaism to enable expansion into the territory that Syria encompasses.

    It is sad that president Trump is not aware of the evil plan of Judaism, which originally used the U S Military to destroy the governments of the “7 countries in 5 years” that was discovered on about 21 September 2001 in the Pentagon and subsequently publicized by former NATO general Wesley Clark.
    All expansion from the designated territory of the 1948 land-grant was accomplished by Judaism´s terrorism and violates international law. “By way of deception shalt thou do war”. Judaism is in a continuous war with “Goyim”.

    • bill

      “Trump is not aware of the evil plan of JUDAISM”.Trump’s a JESUIT=JUDAISM!LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Archie1954

    No one is suggesting that President Assad is a wonderful person or a saint. On the contrary, we all know that he is a democratically elected despot and must be so, in order to run a nation like Syria with its internecine violence. The point however, is that at this juncture, he is the only person preventing an extremist Muslim terrorist theocracy from taking over Syria. Without him, the Middle East would experience a disaster to end all disasters. The US has been noted supporting terrorists in Syria. This is not a supposition, it is the truth! American betrayal of Western values has a rationale I’m sure, but it doesn’t take away from the reality on the ground. The US supports terrorism, pure and simple!

    • blue579

      No question about it, the International Bankers create terrorists and nemeses out of whole cloth and have for generations and the US their hegemon has been a much used tool. Though the practice is not limited to US heads of state, it’s the same tool used for decades in Europe under OPERATION GLADIO, also evidenced in Russia’s FSB False Flag terror blamed on Chechens (who were sometimes used as patsies and cutouts), …especially horrific as False Flags were the large scale 1999 Moscow Apartment Bombings that were used to weaken Russian civil libeties under new “anti-extremist laws” – now being used against peaceful dissenters and the false flags also used to rationalize the bombing of Chechens. http://reprints.longform.org/putin-conspiracy-banned-story-anderson

  • blue579

    Geopolitics 101 tells us if the western alliances had a strong case against Syria that wasn’t riddled with evidence of Engineered Terrorism, ISIS being the new iteration of Al-CIA-Duh, Operation Cyclone 2.0, then they could publicly raise the issue of sanctions, despite knowing a veto was sure to follow, as a way to publicly damage the reputation of a nemesis or nation refusing overtures from the International Banksters.
    >> This is not the case in all categories, there is no reason to sanction Syria except for Kabuki showmanship as the Trump admin is being puppeteered by their handlers to continue preparing for an unwinding of US hegemony and the dollar as the reserve currency in the quest to further centralize power under a global governance framework.

    It’s an old game. When Soviet rulers and American govt officials conspired together to create the Korean war as a UN Police action, the Soviets opted to NOT use their veto power to stop the UN forces being readied to “contain” the spread of communism – despite it being in their best interest to use their VETO power then. That was 1950. The Cuban missile crisis was another example of the ongoing STRATEGY OF TENSION as fear based control.

  • rhondareichel

    We won’t get fooled again

  • rhondareichel

    Oh well, back to the drawing board. Funny how the president’s party changes but the objectives remain the same. So what are the democrats bellyaching about? Same policy….making more refugees.

  • Broos

    IF Trump has been co-opted by Poppy Bush’s (CIA) Company or was their Trojan horse all along, time for US to take teh whole ’empire’ down with him !

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