INTERVIEW: US, China don’t cross the line in their polemic in UNSC, says Russian envoy

TASS Russian News Agency | Jul 9, 2020 at 8:59 PM

MOSCOW, July 9./TASS/. Washington and Beijing don't dross the line in their polemic within the UN Security Council, Russia's UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said in an open interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman.

According to him, they traded barbs even before the current downward spiral in bilateral relations. Members of the UN Security Council sometimes have to resort to tough rhetoric when they believe that the interests of the country were hurt or the country was wrongly accused of something or even insulted, Nebenzya added.

"This was also the case earlier. I cannot say that emotions run high, all the more so as we are all civilized people in general in the Security Council, I dare to hope," he went on to say. "This also concerns the Chinese and American envoys. I cannot think back to some events making us say that we crossed the line, when we exchange some statements," Nebenzya said.

"A lot of such cases can be found in history, some of them odd and anecdotic. Luckily, or maybe regretfully, I don't remember anything of the kind," the Russian envoy said. Nebenzya also emphasized that the worsening in relations between the US and China, or between the US and Russia cannot but affect the work of the UN Security Council. "Nevertheless, we are trying to look for mutually acceptable compromised, finding them in most cases," he summed up.

Some experts have already called the progressively worsening relations between Washington and Beijing a new Cold War. The coronavirus pandemic has sizably added to this. The US accusations against China over its allegedly hushing up the real scope of the epidemic and putting pressure on the World Health Organizations came as a formal pretext.