RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The UK resolution on the extension of the sanctions regime against Yemen for a year, which the UN Security Council adopted on Tuesday, does not take into account Russia’s concerns, said Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya.
13 members of the UN Security Council voted for the adoption of the document , Russia and China abstained. According to the text of the resolution, the Security Council decides to extend until February 26, 2021 the measures provided for in resolution 2140 adopted in 2014.
This includes, among other things, the freezing of financial assets, as well as the travel ban for people on the sanction lists.
In addition, the resolution extends until March 28, 2021, the mandate of the work of experts who monitor compliance with the sanctions regime against Yemen.
The UN Security Council adopts similar resolutions annually after the introduction of the sanctions regime on Yemen in 2014. The ex-president of the country Ali Abdullah Saleh and leaders of Shiite Hussite rebels, in particular Abdullah al-Hakim and Abda al-Khuti, were included in the sanctions lists.
They were accused of threatening the peace and stability of the country and obstructing the political process.
The resolution also calls on UN member states to comply with the arms embargo against Yemen.
As stated by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, the Russian Federation was not able to vote for the resolution, since not all Moscow concerns were taken into account when preparing the text.
“During the consultations, we clearly and clearly stated our fundamental and duly substantiated comments, recorded our disagreement with a number of provisions of the British draft. A number of our comments were taken into account only today, when the next and artificial crisis was brewing in the Security Council,” the Russian permanent representative said.
He noted that “the focus should not be on isolation and pressure and not on the search for the guilty, but on truly concerted efforts to find ways to resolve crisis situations.”
“The task of the resolution was to extend the sanctions regime and a group of experts, and not to compete in promoting their approaches beyond the objectives of this resolution,” Nebenzya emphasized.
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