The Russian Foreign Ministry trusts that Spain and Morocco, with “good will”, can resolve the political crisis between the two through diplomatic means over the past few weeks, although it has warned that any change in the recognition of Western Sahara would be out of the hand of the UN.
The Russian government has limited the crisis to the “bilateral” area and, in response to questions from Europa Press, has spoken out in favor of resolving any controversy with “exclusively” diplomatic means. In this sense, she has defended the need to respect “the legitimate interests” of all parties.
“We are convinced that Spain and Morocco will, with good will, find mutually acceptable compromises,” argued the Russian Foreign Ministry, which had not yet decided on the dispute opened by the reception of the leader of the Polisario Front in Spain , Brahim Ghali and the entry of thousands of migrants to Ceuta.
The spokeswoman for Moscow diplomacy, Maria Zajarova, criticized the decision of the previous US administration to recognize Moroccan sovereignty in Western Sahara on Thursday in front of the media, as it “damages the international legal framework”.
The Russian authorities have insisted on defending a United Nations sponsored referendum on the implementation of the resolutions of the international organization, which includes negotiations between Rabat and the Polisario. She also hopes for a solution that respects “regional security”.
Zajarova has campaigned for the appointment of a UN special envoy for Western Sahara, a position that has been vacant since the resignation of former German President Horst Köhler in May 2019.