"The political department of the UN Secretariat issued and disseminated throughout the UN system last October a secret directive banning organizations in this system from participating in any projects to restore the Syrian economy. Only humanitarian assistance, nothing more," said the head Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov on Monday at a press conference in Moscow.
The head of Russian diplomacy said that he asked the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres, "why such questions are the subject of some secret secretarial internal directives" and why they are not informed of the UN Security Council.
According to the minister, the UN Secretary-General promised to understand this situation.
"I am convinced that everyone will agree inadmissibility of attempts of one group of countries to manipulate in their mercenary geopolitical interests the secretaries of international organizations whose employees must be impartial and independent," Lavrov stressed.
Also, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the United States impedes the restoration of Syrian areas controlled by the government.
"Here a few days ago in Washington was Staffan de Mistura (special envoy of the United Nations on Syria - IF), met with Mike Pompeo (US Secretary of State - IF), and on the basis of their talks, the State Department in the commentary used the phrase" even to discuss the premature question of restoration of Syria, "Lavrov said.
According to him, it was stated that "first we need to make progress in the political settlement, the so-called political transition."
"I note at the same time that such conditions and such preliminary demands of the US are put forward exclusively with respect to those areas that are controlled by the government of the Syrian Arab Republic, which were released from the Igilov and Nusrovites (IGIL and Jabhat al-Nusra are banned in the Russian Federation - IF) and other terrorists ", said Lavrov.
"Regarding the areas controlled by the opposition forces cooperating with the United States, primarily on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, there are no such demands, but the reconstruction processes are going on at full speed, and the US is attracted to a number of their allies have paid for these restoration works Recently, State Department officials, US senators openly advertised demining efforts on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, to restore roads, schools, lnits, residential and commercial buildings, thereby emphasizing that the United States contribute to the restoration of Syria, but only that part which is occupied by the opposition, and not always constructive. "