UNSC: Syrian-Russian Ties

Simran Singh of Al Jazeera reports on the proceedings of the UNSC.

“Congratulations, United Nations Security Council, this is the first effective action you have taken today.”

These words of the director, spoken halfway through the second session, are what truly spurred the committee into action. Before this, all the Council seemed to be doing was questioning procedure and discussing, but not passing any, directives. The consequences of this were made clear soon enough. The church in Uganda, where the Lord’s Resistance army was holding hostages, was burnt down, along with several fields. All this happened while the UNSC was busy discussing directives, which quite frankly, were inconsequential, and were not expected to give rise to much debate.

When the news of car bombings in Aleppo, Syria was relayed to the committee, they did not make the same mistake again- thankfully. A series of investigations was launched, led by Syrian and Russian Intel officers. Ironically, the bombs were traced back to Moscow, to a manufacturer ‘RSB’.

The presidential statement that Russia released shortly after claimed that the Russian government is in contact with the RSB, as it is with all Private Military Contractors, and was in fact sending an arms shipment to the Syrian government. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, the free Syrian Army- a group of defected Syrian Armed Forces officers and soldiers- intercepted this shipment.

Syria reassured the committee that its political ties with Russia haven’t been affected due to this incident. This is in fact extremely fortunate for the larger country, due to its dependency on Syria for it’s warm water ports. The Tartus port, for example, is an essential base for Russia, and it will do all it can to hold on to its only foothold in the Mediterranean. Syria, on the other hand, depends on Russia for its influence at diplomatic conferences and its ability to veto any resolution, in poarticular those presented by the western countries that go against the interests of Syria. These bombings were a close call, and could have led to a break in the alliance of the two countries, which has been prevalent since cold war times. The delegates now must do everything they can to sustain this symbiotic relationship between the two countries.

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