Russia: US demand for UN meeting on Iran is destructive
US Amb. Nikki Haley calls on UN to stand with the people of Iran, as Russia’s Foreign Minister Ryabkov says involvement is ‘destructive.’
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled on Friday afternoon to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the recent protests in Iran.
However, Russia considers the US-initiated meeting to be “harmful and destructive,” RIAreported.
“I am sure that no matter what decision will ultimately be taken on this harmful and destructive American idea, we are our position, which is very consistent and based wholly and entirely on adherence to the norms of international law,” the news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying Thursday.
“We see no role for the United Nations Security Council in this issue. Iran’s domestic affairs have nothing to do with the United Nations Security Council’s role.”
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that “the international community has a role to play” in the drama in Iran.
“The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations’ charter are under attack in Iran,” she explained. “Dozens have already been killed. Hundreds have been arrested.
“The UN must speak out… We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause. The international community made the mistake of failing ot do that in 2009. We must not make that mistake again.”