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Russia’s Lavrov condemns West’s position on Syria

Posted by seumasach on November 21, 2011

Today’s Zaman

21st November, 2011

Russia’s foreign minister has described the stance of Western nations on how to stop violence in Syria as “a political provocation.”

 

Sergey Lavrov lashed out at “Western capitals,” claiming they are urging the Syrian opposition to refrain from negotiating with President Bashar Assad and Syrian authorities. Violence in Syria will not cease if the parties don’t get together, he said.

Lavrov’s comments were carried by Russian news agencies.

Russia has been seen as a backer of Assad’s regime although Lavrov met with Syrian opposition leaders in Moscow last week.

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