17 Jun 2020 19:11

UN secretary-general's report blaming Iran for attacks on Saudi oil facilities lacks impartiality - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. June 17 (Interfax) - The United Nations secretary-general's report holding Iran liable for attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure is biased and is not supported by facts, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"In line with established practice and in keeping with the existing procedures, Russia will present a detailed analysis of the aforementioned report by the secretary-general during the relevant discussion at the Security Council on June 30. What we surely won't argue with is, unfortunately, that the report can hardly be called balanced and calibrated," Zakharova said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

"We can also speak about a lack of impartiality and the absence of strong facts to support the accusations leveled at Iran," she said.

"Nobody has ever presented any convincing evidence of Iran's violations to the Security Council members," Zakharova said.

"Based on their personal observations, the self-appointed inspectors claimed for some reason that what they saw was roughly reminiscent of what Iran had once demonstrated at arms exhibitions," she said.