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Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Russian application to the UNSC Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee


1727-12-09-2013

In March, the Russian Federation submitted an application to the UNSC 1267/1989 Sanctions Committee concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities, to include two natural persons – a Finnish national Michael Sturshe and a native of the USSR Isa Djabrailov currently living in Sweden, as well as the Turkish non-governmental organisation Imkander.

Despite the materials presented by the Russian party to the 1267/1989 Committee, which convincingly prove the link of Michael Sturshe, Isa Djabrailov and Imkander with the entity on the “Al-Qaeda” consolidated list – the international terrorist organisation Imarat Kavkaz and its information body – the extremist Internet resource Kavkaz Centr, on the 6 September the United Kingdom, France and Luxembourg blocked the Russian application for the inclusion of Michael Sturshe and Isa Djabrailov on the list, moreover the United States and Azerbaijan were against the sanctions against NGO Imkander.

We consider such an approach by our partners to be non-constructive and not compliant with our joint interests of combating international terrorism in general and the principle of a consolidated approach of UNSC members to this problem.

This is further evidence of the disappointing mercenary policy of “double standards” and manipulation in issues affecting the efficiency of use of UN Security Council antiterrorist sanction regimes.

The selective approach of our partners when qualifying the activity of individuals and entities as terrorist has in itself brought to mind the “boomerang effect”, confirming the imperativeness of solidarity in combating the threat of terrorism.

The Russian party intends to continue to maintain its line strengthening the antiterrorist potential of the 1267/1989 Committee, acting according to its mandate and procedures, in the interests of securing international and national security.


12 September 2013