Russia says it will veto a draft resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) calling for referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court.
“The draft resolution that is currently submitted to the Security Council for us is unacceptable and we will not support it. If it is put to a vote, we will veto it,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Tuesday.
The resolution has been drafted by France and is expected to be put to the vote on Thursday.
The Russian deputy foreign minister further termed the drafting as “intentionally politicized,” adding that the ulterior motive behind the move is to gain permission for using force in Syria.
“The main plan is to get a Security Council resolution passed on Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter as a basis for future use of force in Damascus,” Gatilov said.
Chapter 7 of the UN Charter authorizes the council to allow measures such as sanctions or military intervention if countries do not meet its demands.
Moscow opposes the draft resolution “since we consider that this is counterproductive in the current situation,” Gatilov further said.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Some sources put the death toll from the foreign-backed militancy in Syria at around 150,000.
According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.