Moscow is not backing the initiative of U.S. President Barack Obama on holding a summit on the fight against ISIS at the United Nations, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin has said.
"We believe everything must take place in an orderly fashion, in the UN framework, without pulling up the blanket and performing the UN role," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"This initiative seriously undermines UN efforts in this direction," he said.
"Americans would not be Americans: it is important for them to demonstrate leadership, at least on paper," said Churkin, commenting on the U.S. initiative.
One Russian diplomat is attending the summit on countering ISIS to "observe the event," Churkin said.
He criticized Kosovo's attendance of the event on a par with other nations.
"They [Kosovo] are sitting in the hall together with other UN members, this is completely wrong. To do such things at the UN building is simply disrespectful towards the Organization, grossly disrespectful towards the UN Secretary General," he said.
"The U.S. is thereby undermining the prestige of an important office such as that of the UN Secretary General," Churkin said. "They are showing that even in this building, Obama is in charge, and that is simply regretful," he said.
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