Russia ‘has no reason to back Assad regime’ – Lavrov
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied that Moscow is trying to keep Bashar al-Assad in power at all costs in order to preserve its influence in the Middle East.
This came in an article written by Russia’s top diplomat published in The Huffington Post on June 15.
Russia has repeatedly pointed out that it has neither political nor economic reasons to back the incumbent regime, Lavrov noted.
He further argued that it was quite clear to Russia that the Syrian authorities bore the bulk of responsibility for the crisis which had engulfed the country.
Therefore Russia has been calling for an immediate end to civilian killings and a dialogue between all parties concerned.
The Russian foreign minister also voiced Moscow’s concern with some of the statements issued by both sides of the conflict that clearly suggest that these people would rather see UN and Arab League’s special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace mission fail.
Moscow seeks to prompt parties in Syrian conflict to end violence
The Moscow-suggested international conference on Syria seeks to prompt the parties involved in the Syrian conflict to end the violence and start peaceful dialogue.
This came in a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following his talks with his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshyar Zibari.
The Russian Foreign Minister pointed out that Russia is interested in bringing together all external players to agree ways to influence all parties to the Syrian conflict.
He also said that the peace plan of the UN and Arab League peace envoy, Kofi Annan, does offer a chance for Syria’s democratic development, a chance that should not be missed. Russia hopes that the UN Security Council will not authorize a military operation in Syria, and that the US will not act in circumvention of the Security Council, Sergei Lavrov said in conclusion.
Jun 15, 2012