Russia voices concern over UAE airstrikes

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Al- Thawra Net

Moscow has voiced deep concern over a series of airstrikes, conducted by the Air Force of the United Arab Emirates on South Yemen, the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department, Alexei Zaytsev, has said in a statement.

“Those developments cause our serious concern,” the official said. “The escalation of armed confrontation in South Yemen and its transition to a new dangerous phase are prone with negative consequences not only for that country, but for regional security in general.”

“We assume that all parties to the conflict in South Yemen need to show maximum restraint in order to prevent further escalation of tensions and avert new deaths and destruction of civilian infrastructure,” Zaytsev added.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry official, an immediate cessation of hostilities should be viewed as a priority.

“At the same time, the situation can be stabilized in a sustainable manner only through negotiations involving all parties concerned and aimed at reaching compromises that take into account their legitimate interests and demands,” he continued.

“The UN should play the central role in building a dialogue of this kind. We fully support the organization’s efforts to settle the military and political crisis in Yemen.”

In Zaytsev’s opinion, violence and disintegration of Yemen “play into the hands of terrorist groups, who have solidified their positions and currently control about one third of the country.”

The war between the Saudi-led coalition backed Yemeni government and the National salvation government forces Known in the western media as (Houthis) the Ansarullah movement has been raging since March 2015.