Russia says Australia’s commitment to a rules-based world order cannot be taken seriously by special forces in Afghanistan after the damned results of alleged war crimes are published.
The ABC uncovered recent comments from the Russian Foreign Ministry claiming that Australian soldiers alleged to have murdered civilians and prisoners would not be « held accountable ». .
In early November, the Australian Defense Forces chief Angus Campbell published the Brereton report, which found that special forces had committed at least 39 unlawful murders during the Afghanistan war.
« This is a really shocking report, » Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in prepared remarks at a press conference held in Russian late last week.
“The circumstances really make us doubt the actual ability of the Australian authorities to actually hold all soldiers guilty of such crimes to account. ”
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman alleged that Australia’s credibility on the world stage had been shaken by the revelations.
« It makes us reevaluate the real meaning of Canberra’s official line to protect the rules-based world order, » said Ms. Zakharova.
Russia’s comments came just hours after the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s similar attack on Australia over the findings of the Brereton report.
« The facts revealed in this report have completely exposed the hypocrisy of » human rights « and » freedom « that these Western countries always sing, » Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Friday.
Diplomatic relations between Australia and Russia have been particularly strained since the crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight carrying 298 passengers over Ukraine in 2014.
Last month, Moscow pulled out of talks with Australia and the Netherlands, accusing both countries of not wanting to find out what really happened when MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made missile that pro- was fired by Russian rebels.
Peter Jennings, Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, called the Russian government’s recent comments « the height of hypocrisy ». .
« This is the Russia that was murderously responsible for shooting down MH17 over Ukraine, invading Crimea and helping [President Bashar al-] Assad in Syria, » he said.
« Hearing these comments from the Russian Foreign Ministry just tells me the hypocrisy the Russians are ready to be in their ongoing attack on Western democracies. ”
Russia, Australia, war crimes, war in Afghanistan, Angus Campbell
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