Russia discontent with abortive UN urgent meeting on Yemen

Urgent meeting called by Russia at UN Security Council produced nothing draws Moscow’s severe criticism

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Russia slammed the United Nations Security Council after an emergency meeting on Friday which resulted without consensus on the ongoing Yemen crisis among its 15 member countries.

Moscow’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin called the Security Council to discuss the Yemen crisis one day after the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that basic services in Yemen are "on the brink of collapse."

The Russian ambassador accused the UN of hypocrisy and asked why the parties talk about the need to help for Yemen, but “doing nothing.”

Churkin is said to have addressed humanitarian crisis and security environment in the war-torn Yemen, according to UN diplomats attended to the closed-door meeting.

Churkin himself read his statement to reporters after the meeting and complained that the 15 member security council did not back the proposal which called for an immediate ceasefire or at least humanitarian pauses.

"If you can't agree to a motherhood and apple pie statement, what can you agree on? I don't understand," said the Russian diplomat when he expressed his disappointment together with Moscow’s discontent with the issue.

Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council together with the US, the UK , France and China. The other 10 members are chosen temporarily for a two-year vetoing term by the rest of the UN member countries.

On behalf of Russia, Churkin has also reminded the US responsibilities on the issue since Washington has been supporting the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s aerial campaign into Yemen.

"Clearly, they need to feel their responsibility since they are supporting the bombing of the coalition, the responsibility of the humanitarian consequences," he said.

The Saudi-led operation, dubbed as “Decisive Storm” was started on March 26 and maintained throughout April. The Arab coalition leaned its involvement by claiming that “defending the legitimate government” of the embattled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who had been deposed in February through a military coup by Iranian backed Shiite Houthi forces.

The operation has gained an international acceptance in the Western realm and among the Sunni Arab regional powers together with Turkey whereas Iran and Russia had essentially objected such an intervention.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies declared the end of aerial operation last week and committed more diplomatic solutions to the crisis, but kept their reserves on further military intervention if it is required.

According to US officials Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday in order to negotiate new strategies for terminating the ongoing crisis in the Arab world's poorest country.

Saudi-led coalition accuses Iran of “irredentism” over Yemen through supporting the Houthi forces, hereby, spreading “aggressiveness” in the Gulf region.

Russia and Iran on the other hand blame the Arab coalition and the West for fuelling the geopolitical rifts for the sake of their-own interests.

The parties in general concern over transportation of energy resources together with commercial navigation in the Straits of Aden and Bab el Mandeb which bind Indian Ocean with the Mediterranean through the Red Sea and Suez Canal.

TRTWorld and agencies