Russia will oppose any move against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Security Council or the UN Human Rights Council following an experts' panel's report to the UN Secretary General on war crimes alleged to have taken place during the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka.
Russian Ambassador Vladimir Mikhaylov assured that if some forces tried to push forward moves to punish or shame Sri Lanka, Russia would oppose them. "We should not veto the report itself, but we may veto a resolution," the ambassador said in an interview with the Sunday Times.
He also said that if a resolution criticizing the report was brought up, Russia would support it. However, he added that at present there were no moves to bring in a Security Council resolution against or in support of Sri Lanka.
Asked about Russia's position if a resolution against Sri Lanka was presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mr. Mikhaylov also said Moscow did not see the report as a basis for any steps. "We do not see any basis or grounds to even consider Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council," he said.