In statements following on from the Churkin statement reported earlier, the Russian government has reasserted the Putin doctrine in defense of national sovereignty against humanitarian interventionist regime change, in particular, against the insane statements of Susan Rice, the Obama Administration's Ambassador to the United Nations. Putin held a meeting on Friday with Russia's Security Council, and according to a statement posted on kremlin.ru, the council discussed problems pertaining to Russia's veto of the draft U.N. Security Council resolution supported by many Western governments.
"Participants of the meeting stressed the inappropriateness of any attempts to link increased tensions in Syria with the Russian Federations position," the statement said, thus rejecting the notion that it is Russian intransigence which is making the violence worse. "In particular, the President stated that any attempts to bypass the UN Security Council will be ineffective and lead to undermining the authority of this international organisation." This came moments after the Security Council approved extending the UN monitoring mission another 30 days, a move which Russia welcomed as a sign of compromise.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich also rejected Western criticism of Russia's veto of the latest Syria provocation. "Instead of making crude insinuations about Russian policy ... our Western partners should do at least something to encourage the militant opposition to step onto the path of a political settlement," Lukashevich told a weekly briefing. Susan Rice, said after the veto that the United States would "intensify our work with a diverse range of partners outside the Security Council to bring pressure to bear on the Assad regime" and deliver aid. Lukashevich said: "If such declarations and such plans are elements of actual policy, I think that is a very, very alarming signal to all of us about how the international community plans to respond to international conflict situations."