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Russia warns France over unilateral action against Syria

Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2012

PressTV

8th February, 2012

During a telephone conversation on Wednesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told French President Nicolas Sarkozy that any ‘hasty and unilateral steps’ regarding the unrest in Syria had to be avoided, the Kremlin said in a statement.

“The president of France has been informed about Russian efforts aimed at an urgent cessation of any violence in Syria through the launch of all-encompassing dialogue between conflicting parties,” said Medvedev’s office.

“At the request of Mr. Sarkozy, the Russian president let him know the results of the talks” between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the office revealed.

Russia has cautioned against foreign interference in Syria and says that the Syrians themselves had to be allowed to decide on their own fate.

Lavrov visited Syria on Tuesday, days after Russia and China vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution against the Middle Eastern country for the second time. Moscow said the resolution, which had called on Assad to step down would have forced regime change on Syria.

The presidential office added that Moscow was prepared to continue acting as a mediator in the Syria affair.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in favor of Assad. Hundreds of people, including many members of the Syrian security forces, have been killed during the violence.

Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups’ for the violence, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. However, the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing the protesters.

Russia has warned France against taking any unilateral action against Syria, adding that the international community’s position on the Middle Eastern country had to be objective and balanced.

The Syrian government has repeatedly accused several Western and Arab states of fueling the unrest in Syria by providing armed gangs in the country with weapons and financial resources as a means of inciting civil war and toppling the government.

Damascus has also repeatedly said that negotiation was the only way to end the violence. Opposition groups, however, have rejected the proposal for talks.


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