Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Russia Denies Threatening Qatar

Russia's U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, called a special press conference to deny reports that he had threatened that Qatar could be wiped off the map. According to some media reports, during the UN Security Council meeting on Saturday, just moments before the Arab League-backed peace plan resolution on Syria (ultimately vetoed by Russia and China) was put to a vote, bin Jassim, Qatar’s Prime Minister, addressed Churkin by saying: “I warn Russia: if it doesn’t abstain from vetoing and doesn’t support the U.N. decision, it will lose all Arab nations.” Allegedly, Churkin responded by saying, “You speak to me again in that tone and Qatar won’t live long enough to see tomorrow”. Churkin said Russia's U.N. Mission has been deluged with calls about the reports, which he said are lies. “There is disinformation. There are lies, there are blatant lies. One has to come up with some different stronger description in order to characterize this kind of a thing,” Churkin stated. Qatar has not commented.

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