UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Kazakhstan abstained during the vote in the UN Security Council on the Russian resolution on Syria only for pragmatic purposes. This was stated in an interview with Sputnik by Kazakhstan political scientist Alexander Knyazev.
In his opinion, the affirmative vote of Kazakhstan during the voting could play against the Astana process. At the same time, the political scientist does not see any big contradictions in the situation when Kazakhstan was against the shelling of Syria in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but remained silent on the same agenda in the Security Council.
“I think that one of the goals of this US missile attack is the disruption of the negotiation process in Syria, which takes place in Astana,” Knyazev said.
In his opinion, with all the shortcomings, the Astana process is more effective than, for example, Geneva: in the Kazakh capital it was possible to agree on reducing the intensity of military operations and creating zones of de-escalation.
“Therefore, I think that Kazakhstan’s position was formulated taking into account two theses: first, the voice of the representatives of Kazakhstan in the Security Council would not affect the overall decision, it was obvious, at the same time Kazakhstan needed to preserve some middle ground in order to try Astana negotiation process for itself to keep “, – the political scientist added.
He is sure that “Kazakhstan’s unambiguous, straightforward position in any case would negatively affect the prospects for an inter-Syrian settlement in Astana.”
Voting on the Russian resolution with an appeal to stop the aggression against Syria in the UN Security Council was held on April 14. The document was not adopted: Russia, China and Bolivia voted for its adoption, eight countries opposed, and four more delegations abstained.
The settlement of the Syrian crisis is being discussed at the venues of Astana and Geneva. There have already been eight rounds of talks in the capital of Kazakhstan. The next meeting is scheduled for May 14-15.