23.01.2013 Syrian Video News from National Syrian Television (ENG)

Russia mocks those who call to overthrow régime in Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that there is no alternative to the political settlement to the crisis in Syria, with the inevitable commitment to its sovereignty and the non-interference in its domestic affairs.

The Russian President’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov discussed during a meeting with the Syrian Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad the situation in Syria.

The statement added that the Syrian Ambassador affirmed Syria’s readiness to go ahead in this direction, appreciating Russia for sending humanitarian aids to Syria.

For his part, Spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich called for giving the UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi enough time to get acquainted with the situation in Syria and work actively with all foreign players and sides to find a solution, based on UN resolutions, Annan Plan and Geneva Agreement. Continue reading

Lavrov vows to protect Syria from foreign interference

Russia will not support any decisions at the UN Security Council that could justify foreign interference in Syria’s affairs. This was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview for China’s Central Television.

Russia’s Foreign Minister reminded that at an international conference in Geneva in June, permanent members of the Security Council, the European Union and leading countries of the Middle East reached agreement on a resolution of the Syrian conflict, which presupposed putting pressure on all parties to the conflict, urging them to end violence and start negotiations.

Lavrov deemed unfeasible proposals that proceed from the fact that the country’s government will begin the process towards a truce with a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the cities. “This approach is unrealistic, since it is, in point of fact, an appeal to the government for unilateral surrender. Those who call for it, are either naive, or seek to provoke a military intervention,” concluded the Minister.

Source: The Voice Of Russia

Lavrov: Demands for Toppling Al-Assad Prolong Crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that “demands that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad quit power are blocking efforts to end the conflict.”
Lavrov said that “such calls – made by the United States, several European and Arab governments and Turkey – were fanning the flames of violence.”
He also reiterated “Moscow’s view that support for Syrian rebel groups was tantamount to backing terrorism.”
“We propose things that would allow for an immediate ceasefire, but the other side says, ‘No, either the regime capitulates or we will continue to back … the opposition’s armed fight’, justifying terrorist acts,” Lavrov said.

“As long as such support continues, what kind of humanitarian action can we talk about? – including the initiatives of those who will not allow this fire to die down, but instead are fanning it,” he told a joint briefing with Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic in Moscow.

Russia, an ally of Syria, and China have faced vehement criticism from Western states for vetoing UN Security Council resolutions intended to increase pressure on Assad to end the violence sparked by a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Continue reading

Russia Will Not Take Part in EU Sanctions on Damascus, Opposes Searching of Its Vessels to Syria

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed on Saturday that the West and some Arab states are encouraging the Syrian opposition to fight against the Syrian Government.

At a press conference in Sochi, Lavrov said that the UN Human Rights Council has offered evidence confirming that the armed groups and the opposition are practicing execution and torture, adding that therefore “pressure must be put on everyone.”

“Unfortunately, our Western partners prefer to do something a bit different and essentially, along with some countries neighboring Syria, encourage, support and direct the armed fight against the regime,” he said.

“The price of all this is still more blood,” he added.

Lavrov stressed that all sides have to implement the agreements reached by the Action Group on Syria,which held its meeting in Geneva last June, underscoring the necessity of implementing these agreements to halt violence immediately. Continue reading

Lavrov Accuses West of Blackmail: We Oppose Military Intervention, Calls for Toppling al-Assad Unrealistic

Russia on Monday accused Western powers of using blackmail to get its support for possible United Nations Security Council sanctions against the Syrian regime.

“To our great regret, we are witnessing elements of blackmail,” said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The Russian diplomat further said that “the West has told Russia to either back the measure or it will refuse to extend the mandate of the UN observer mission.”
“Calls for Russia to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to step down are unrealistic as there is a very significant part of the Syrian population behind him,” Lavrov said.

He further stressed that “there is no evidence that the defections are having impact on situation in Syria.”
In a press conference in Moscow, Lavrov said that violence should be stopped by all the Syrian sides.”We oppose any tendencies aimed at toppling the Syrian state and refuse extortion and paving the way for military intervention in Syria.”  Continue reading

Russia: UN Text on Syria Doesn’t Suit Us, Vote a “Scandal”

Russia said Saturday that the Western-backed text of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria did not suit Moscow at all and warned of a “scandal” if that draft was brought to a vote, AFP cited the Russian television.

“If they (the West) want yet another scandal on the Security Council for themselves then we cannot stop them” putting the draft to a vote, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “The draft does not suit us at all and I hope that it is not put to a vote,” he added.

The UN Security Council will meet later Saturday to vote on the resolution condemning the so-called “violence” in Syria.

Lavrov gave the interview to Russian state television at a Moscow airport early Saturday before heading to the Munich Security Conference where he plans to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He said that the changes Russia wanted to make to the resolution were “well known” and that he had already sent them to Clinton. “There can be no doubt about the sense and the objectivity of these amendments. I hope that a prejudiced approach does not prevail over common sense,” he added.

Source: Al Manar