11 Dec 2019 18:19

Russian diplomat regrets that White Helmets founder can't testify on Syria at court in Hague

NUR-SULTAN. Dec 11 (Interfax) - Russian Special Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev has said he regrets that the recent death of James Le Mesurier, a co-founder of the non-governmental volunteer organization White Helmets operating in Syria, will prevent him from testifying on this organization's activities in Syria at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

"As was recently reported, a Briton whose name is Le Mesurier committed suicide in Turkey, according to Turkish special services. Of course, it's a pity that he [...] cannot stand before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. I think his testimony would have been very helpful and would have opened the global community's eyes to what he and the organization he led did in Syria. Perhaps he had too much on his conscience and could not endure the pangs of remorse for the crimes he committed," Lavrentyev said at a press conference following negotiations on Syria in the capital of Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

"I'll stress once again that what representatives of this pseudo-humanitarian organization do is very dangerous, as it actually provokes the situation to develop toward confrontation between the leading global powers, which is certainly not in the interests of humanity," he said.