Russia today expressed concern over "foreign interferences" in domestic affairs of sovereign countries, including Sri Lanka, and downplayed its differences of approach with India over the country-specific resolutions in the recent past in the UN.
"It is a sovereign decision of India and we respect that. But we vetoed (the resolution in the UN) because we oppose outside imposition on any sovereign country," Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin told reporters.
He was asked about the differences between India and Russia over the recent US-sponsored resolution in the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes was passed with 24 votes in favour, 15 against, eight abstentions. While India had voted in favour of the resolution, Russia and China were among those who voted against it.
About the situation in Syria, he said "foreign interference in domestic affairs is ever-increasing under the pretext of 'protecting civilians'."
"We are worried at the US and Israeli threats to use force against that country. A new war in the region, already overburdened with armed conflicts and acute crises, will rapidly deteriorate the situation in the vast Asian region, will entail shocks in the oil markets and, therefore, in the entire global economy," he said.
He also hoped the "New Delhi (BRICS) Summit will give a clear warning signal against military adventurous plans in the Gulf and will speak with authority in favour of renewed constructive dialogue of the international community with Iran over its nuclear programme."