THE DAILY tribune , Thursday Aug
9, 2018 | Zul Qaadah
Russia backs Saudi Arabia
Russia sided with Saudi Arabia in the ongoing diplomatic rift
with Canada yesterday, issuing a statement accusing the latter of attempting to
“politicize human rights issues.” The statement said Russia rejected the
“authoritative tone” of Canada toward Saudi Arabia, adding that the Kingdom had
the full sovereign right to manage its own affairs.
“We consistently and firmly advocate compliance with universal human rights
with due regard for the specific national customs and traditions that developed
in a given country over a long period of time. We have always said that the
politicization of human rights matters is unacceptable,” Russian Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement posted on the
ministry’s website. She added Russia believed the Kingdom had entered a path
toward large-scale socioeconomic reform.