“…we will work with like-minded states to support the Syrian opposition to hasten the day [Syrian President Bashar] Assad falls…,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok in Russia on Sunday as she wrapped up an Asia tour.
She said she had argued in favor of upping pressure on Assad in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, but admitted, “We haven’t seen eye to eye with Russia on Syria. That may continue….”
Anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for Assad to step down.
The US has imposed asset freezes against more than 100 members of the Syrian government and banned American firms from doing business with them.
Washington also slapped sanctions against the Syrian state oil firm, Sytrol last month.
Russia and China oppose the Western drive to oust the Syrian president.
On Thursday, Putin called on Western governments to “reassess” their position on Syria, criticizing them for relying on terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda to overthrow the Syrian government.
Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the unrest that began in Syria in March 2011.
Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving forces behind the unrest and deadly violence, but the West and the Syrian opposition accuse security forces of being behind the killings.
Source: Press TV