Russia confirms that it will veto the UN’s plan to authorise the International Criminal Court to look into the allegations against the Syrian government and opposition. Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov confirmed Moscow’s position in the matter, which political analyst as consistent with its intention to protect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the regime.
France has been the first country to propose the investigation based on photographic evidence provided by a defector that the Syrian regime had killed, en masse, thousands of detainees from rebels, opposition and civilians. It called on the ICC to give a mandate over crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Syrian conflict.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain, its ground sources from opposition and activists confirm a casualty count of around 160,000. Humanitarian groups confirm that millions of Syrians are also displaced from their country.
“If the UN puts a vote on its proposal, we will veto it.” Gatilov told the Interfax news agency. Countries expect the voting to begin on Thursday. Political analysts predict that China, Russia’s closest ally, will also veto the proposal.
The two countries’ refusal to vote on the investigation will raise the political price tag for Russia or China because they have obstructed justice for Syria through their veto, according to Human Rights Watch Director of International Justice Richard Dicker.