LAVROV: ” Americans are not ready to admit they cannot run the show”

As the standoff in the eastern Ukraine deteriorates into violence it’s up to world powers to step in and calm things down. Despite tough talk from Washington, the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine have managed to reach a framework to peace in Geneva. But will it be enough to avert a civil war? Sophie asks the Russian Foreign minister himself — Sergey Lavrov is on Sophie&Co today.

Russia will not allow Libyan scenario in Syria: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed Moscow’s strong opposition to repetition of the Libyan scenario in the conflict-stricken Syria, stressing that the Kremlin will not allow such a thing happen again.

“We’ll not allow the Libyan experience to be reproduced in Syria. Unfortunately our Western partners have departed from the Geneva accords and are seeking the departure of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted Lavrov as saying on Sunday.

He went on to note that Russia had not been involved in any talks on Assad’s future, dismissing speculation that Moscow was preparing for the Syrian leader’s departure.
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‘US doesn’t need UN to oust Assad’ – Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AFP Photo/POOL/Jim Watson

Hillary Clinton threatens the US and “like-minded states” might pursue regime change in Syria in circumvention of the UN if the new resolution on Syria is “toothless”. Russia’s Foreign Minister believes the conflict is still solvable diplomatically.

Having conducted talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that the Russian position is steadfast: foreign intervention in Syria is intolerable.

“We have to be realistic. We haven’t seen eye-to-eye… that may continue,” Clinton revealed on Sunday.

Since the Russian and American positions on Syria do not converge, “then we will work with like-minded states to support a Syrian opposition to hasten the day when Assad falls and to help prepare Syria for a democratic future and help it get back on its feet,” she declared.

There is no point to passing a new UN resolution on Syria “with no teeth”, she said, “because we’ve seen time and time again that Assad will ignore it and keep attacking his own people,” Clinton told reporters.

“As I underscored yesterday with Foreign Minister Lavrov, that will only be effective if it includes consequences for non-compliance,” she added.

Russia together with China has vetoed three consecutive Western-drafted UN Security Council resolutions on Syria, claiming the resolutions were unbalanced.

Still, Clinton promised that she will continue to work with Lavrov “to see if we can revisit the idea of putting the Syrian transition plan that we agreed to in Geneva earlier this summer into a Security Council resolution.”

The disagreements on Syria between Moscow and Washington are not only limited to the UN resolutions. The foreign minister explained that Russia is firmly against bilateral sanctions the US and EU are imposing on Syria. Continue reading

Lavrov decides not to participate in upcoming France-proposed Security Council Session on Syria

MOSCOW- Russian Kommersant newspaper predicted the failure of the UN Security Council session on Syria scheduled on August 30, saying that the session “is doomed to failure”.

In its edition issued on Wednesday, the paper pointed out that Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, decided not to participate in the session, which was proposed by France on the ministerial level, noting that it seems that only the French Foreign Minister will attend the session.

An informed source told the Kommersant that Lavrov did not want to be almost the only minister to attend the meeting besides the French minister, noting that Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, will be representing Moscow to the meeting.

“There is another reason why Lavrov refused to participate which is that it has become clear from the initial deliberations that the meeting will not come out with any agreed-on document,” the source said.

It pointed out that France, during its current chairmanship of the Security Council, has hoped for achieving a serious progress regarding the Syrian issue, but the proposed ministerial meeting seems to be poor in terms of representation level.

According to the source, the newspaper said the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not intend to participate in the meeting, neither the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Suzan Rice, adding that the British Foreign Secretary William Hague has not yet decided whether to attend or not, and is expected not to.

The source highlighted that rapprochement has not been reached between Russia and China on one hand and France, Britain and the US on the other hand.

(source: Champress)

Russia’s Lavrov calls ‘unacceptable’ no-fly zone over Syria


The formation of a no-fly zone over Syria would be a violation of the UN Charter, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes.

“I have heard the comments of U.S. military representatives. It is not the first time when the concept of security zones and no-fly zones is mentioned. If these zones are going to cover the territory of the Syrian state, this will constitute a violation of its sovereignty and of the U.N. Charter,” he said in an interview with Sky News Arabia.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Aug. 11 that Washington and Turkey were looking at all measures to help Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, including a no-fly zone.

Lavrov said there exist special mechanisms and instruments for easing the position of refugees and displaced persons. “UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos has been in Damascus and other parts of Syria these days. There is the consent of the Syrian government to resolve these issues,” he said.

He added that there is the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees that is ready to help those who are staying at camps in Turkey, Jordan and other countries.

“The problems of the security of civilians should be tackled through these methods tested by international humanitarian law. If attempts are made to create no-fly zones and security zones for military purposes on the pretext of the humanitarian crisis, this is unacceptable,” Lavrov said.

No-fly zones imposed by NATO and Arab allies helped Libyan rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi last year.

Source: KyivPost

US position on Syria directly endorses terrorism – Lavrov

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to journalists in Saint Petersburg, late. (AFP Photo / Olga Maltseva)

Washington’s reaction to blasts in Damascus is a downright justification of terrorism, slams Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. US State Department announced that terror acts in Syria are not surprising in light of the Assad regime’s actions.

“This is direct endorsement of terrorism. How are we supposed to understand that?” Sergey Lavrov shared his astonishment at a press conference in Moscow. “This is a sinister position, I cannot find words to express our attitude towards that.” 

Lavrov also expressed his surprise that the UN Security Council refused to condemn acts of terror in Syria. The US permanent representative to the UN Susan Rice has stated that terror acts in Damascus contribute to speeding up the adoption of a resolution on Syria according to the Chapter 7 of the UN Statute, which implies harsh sanctions, including resorting to force. Continue reading

Medvedev: Russia’s Stances towards Syria Based on Historical Relations, Not Violating International Law

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday said Russia’s stances and evaluation of current situation in Syria are based on the historical friendship relations between Damascus and Moscow, in addition to not allowing any violation of the basic principles of the international law.

Accepting the credentials of Riyad Haddad as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Syria to Russia at the Kremlin, President Medvedev stressed the importance of achieving stability in Syria without any foreign interference.

He added that the main issue for now is for the Syrians to be able without any foreign interference to end violence, restore stability to Syria and launch an effective national dialogue.

The Russian President stressed that Russia will always stand by Syria and support it by all means.

For his part, Ambassador Haddad expressed Syria’s readiness for the widest strategic cooperation with Russia on all levels and to the farthest extents.

The Ambassador briefed the Russian President on the tangible steps taken by the Syrian leadership to move ahead with the implementation of the political, economic and social reforms and conducting the national dialogue in Syria.

Both sides dealt with the regional and international situation and the roles designed for some Mideast countries in the next stage, in light of establishing bases for the U.S. missile shield in the region and the security threats this constitutes to Russia and other countries.

Lavrov: Russia Rejects Turning the AL Work Plan into Ultimatum to Syrian Government

In another context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country rejects that the Arab League addresses only the Syrian Government with an ultimatum-like request to end violence.

At a press conference in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, Lavrov highlighted Russia’s rejection of turning the Work Plan of the Arab League into an ultimatum to the Syrian Government, stressing at the same time the necessity of ending violence immediately by all sides and getting the Syrian authorities and opposition to start dialogue on means to settle the situation, as well as implementing the reforms in Syria.

Meanwhile, during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of the foreign ministers conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Lavrov reiterated his country’s rejection of the use of ultimatums and threats of force and any foreign armed interference in Syria.

In a statement issued today, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Lavrov and Davutoglo discussed the Syrian issue and expressed a common view on the importance of using the Arab League’s Work Plan to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Source: Sana