Riyadh, 3 June 2022 (TDI): The sixth session of strategic conversation took place between Russia and members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in Riyadh.

On the sidelines of major discussions, representatives from the GCC member countries met and, had extensive discussions with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

US role in The Current Situation

The foreign minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov stated that the United States unambiguously leads the “pole.” The individual pleas for “strategic autonomy” in Europe are drowning out in the harmonized chorus of those who desire Western unity under US leadership.

Russian Federation doesn’t mind the West running its affairs through the organizations it established, such as NATO and the EU. Russia however, is opposed to the West breaching its global obligations, particularly those made in the OSCE, while building these organizations.

The West must not design initiatives and put them into action in contravention of universal standards, particularly the UN Charter, which declares that respect for the sovereign equality of nations is a basic value of the United Nations.

He further added that the Gulf Cooperation Council colleagues are well aware of the ramifications of the international situation concerning the actions manufactured by the West in Ukraine.

They read that no one side can increase its security at the expense of others’ security, and no single organization can claim control in the Euro-Atlantic area. It is clear to comprehend that NATO is doing just that.

Russia reiterated its adherence to the UN Charter, including the employment of its provisions in the context of the Ukraine situation. Also, the Russian federation is referring to a clause in the UN Charter that mandates all UN member states to comply with UN Security Council resolutions.

UN Resolution 2202

To give past context, he added that in February 2015, Resolution 2202 unanimously endorsed the Minsk agreements. The agreements required the Kyiv regime to initiate direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk. It also requires them to implement the agreed-upon provisions to grant these eastern Ukrainian regions special status and incorporate this into Ukraine’s Constitution.

In addition to this, based on an agreement with Donetsk and Luhansk, Kyiv was intended to arrange elections, amnesty, and disengagement of the sides, a truce, and the removal of heavy weaponry. Kyiv was not keeping any of its promises, according to Sergey Lavrov.

Ukraine’s President, Vladimir Zelensky, openly referred to the inhabitants of eastern Ukraine as a “species.” He stated that those who are unhappy with Ukraine can leave to the Russian federation.

He went on to say that this was better for the children of these Russians who were Ukrainian nationals.

Lavrov further added that a similar doctrine was introduced in European history. He said the whole world knows how it turned out.

It appears that the West is patronizing Ukraine to threaten Russia.

Gulf Cooperation Council Issues

Russia unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to the UN Charter and the need to fully implement all of its mandates.

It addressed regional concerns, particularly the Syrian settlement, in this framework. It also emphasized the need of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2254. This resolution includes resolving humanitarian issues and restoring the economic infrastructure required for refugee repatriation.

At last, Lavrov discussed the current and past conflicts happening in the region of the Gulf. He mentioned the Palestinian-Israeli issue, the situation in Yemen, the Libya situation, the Persian Gulf, and relations between the Arab monarchies and the Islamic Republic of Iran. He also talked about the involvement of the UN Security Council and its consequences.

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