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

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Russian-Chinese Summit Stresses Categorical Rejection of Foreign Intervention in Syria

BEIJING, (Source: SANA)- Russia and China on Wednesday announced their categorical rejection of foreign intervention in Syria and the imposition of regime change on the Syrians.

A joint declaration, signed by President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and concluding talks in Beijing, warned of the repercussions which the Syrian crisis may have on the countries of the region, stressing that the developments in Syria are of a great importance in terms of ensuring peace and stability in the countries of the Middle East and the world as a whole.

Both sides reiterated urgent call for finding a peaceful and just solution to the Syrian crisis away from foreign intervention through halting violence by all parties to the conflict and starting an all-inclusive political dialogue.

The joint Russian-Chinese document stressed that Moscow and Beijing strongly reject the attempts at solving the Syrian crisis by means of force and foreign intervention.

Russia and China also oppose imposing the option of regime change on the Syrians by foreign powers including by the international Security Council, the declaration added. Continue reading

Double Veto by Russia and China of UN Resolution Against Syria

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Russia and China veto UN resolution against Syrian regime.
They expressed fear a new resolution might be used as a pretext for armed intervention in Syria.
Anger from Europe and US as two security council powers argue implied threat of sanctions will not bring peace.

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