Russian Foreign Minister: “Caesar Act” and foreign sanctions against Syria have primarily harmed ordinary citizens, Western countries are still deaf, and the United Nations adopts illegal decisions.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, affirmed that the “Caesar Act” and other Western sanctions against Syria have primarily harmed simple Syrian citizens, in contrast to what the West states.

Lavrov said in an interview with Russian Sputnik news agency, “The Caesar Act imposed by the United States of America, and the sanctions imposed by European countries against Syria, which these countries claim are tools to stifle the Syrian leadership, are in fact harming the Syrian people”.

Lavrov said that the Security Council recently discussed developments in the humanitarian situation in Syria, adding: “Our Western colleagues enthusiastically and arrogantly defended their innocence, saying that the sanctions only aim to limit the capabilities and capabilities of officials and representatives of the Syrian Government, as they say, and that the general public does not suffer.

Because the sanctions decisions provide for humanitarian exemptions, the delivery of medicines, food and other essential materials. 

All this is incorrect, because no supplies were delivered from those countries, which announced the imposition of sanctions.

He indicated that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has renewed, in recent days, his appeal, which he addressed months ago to those countries that adopted unilateral sanctions against any developing country, to stop these sanctions, at least in the period of combating the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

The Russian foreign minister said that Western countries are still deaf about such appeals, although the vast majority of UN member states have supported them.

Lavrov stressed that Russia will not stop condemning this practice, noting that the United Nations adopts special decisions declaring that unilateral sanctions are illegal and unlawful, and that it has been emphasized that sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council must be respected only.