11 Sep 2018 20:54

Nebenzya responds to criticism of Astana process by U.S. ambassador to UN

NEW YORK. Sept 11 (Interfax) - Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, said that the opponents of the Astana process will fail to cause a rift among its participants.

"I also noticed another thing: that some of my colleagues, today and [last] Friday, were stubbornly trying to pull the guarantors of the Astana process apart. I want to tell you: you will not succeed," Nebenzya said at a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

"In fact, some would like the Astana process to collapse. And my American counterpart said that Astana completely failed," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday the United States' Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that in her view the Astana process on Syria was not successful because it failed to stop violence or offer a political resolution of the Syrian conflict.

"This may be what you would like to happen, but I have to disappoint you. The Astana process continues and, I am sure, with its help we have yet to achieve concrete results on Syria," Nebenzya said in response to the criticism.