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Clinton concedes to Russian adamance on Syria – RT

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Laaska News  Feb. 5, 2012

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Reuters / Michaela Rehle) – RT
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that an accord with Russia on a Western-drafted UN resolution on Syria is unachievable given both sides’ positions.
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­Clinton has had vigorous talks with Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference, discussing various matters from the European anti-missile shield to the UN’s proposed resolution on Syria.
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She said that up to the last moment, she had hoped it would be possible to ease Moscow’s concerns. But negotiations with Lavrov only showed that both sides were unwilling to compromise.

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Of the vote, Clinton said, It is difficult, however, to imagine that after the bloodiest day yet in Syria, there are those who would prevent the world community from condemning this violence. And I would ask them: what more do we need to know to act decisively in the Security Council?”
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Clinton had criticized Moscow and Beijing for blocking a new resolution on Syria while the Security Council’s other thirteen members voted in favor of it. She warned that Syria’s current state of affairs could devolve into civil war between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those of the armed opposition.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed his deepest regrets over Russia’s and China’s decision to block the resolution, saying it could undermine the UN’s image.
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Meanwhile, French UN Ambassador Gerard Araud said the vote on the Syria resolution marks a sad day for the Security Council, Syrian citizens and democracy.
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Lavrov, Fradkov to visit Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the head of the foreign intelligence service Mikhail Fradkov are to visit Syria where anti-government protests have been continuing for over ten months, Lavrov told journalists on the fringes of the Munich Security Conference.

He said that the visit is to take place on the 7th of February on the initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Lavrov said that a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is on the agenda.

Earlier, when fielding the questions of the audience at the conference, he said that Russia is concerned over a threat to international security which may arise in case of interference in Syria’s internal affairs. Speaking about the UN Security Council’s resolution on Syria, Lavrov emphasized that it should not ignore the riots of anti-government groups which provoke violence and intimidate the civilian population. He spoke against an embargo on arms deliveries to Syria and called on UN member-states to respect Russia’s right of veto and not to criticize Russia which supports peaceful demonstrations of protest in Syria.

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Lavrov: East-West hostility should be consigned to history

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Russia and Europe should leave Cold War prejudices behind and establish mutual trust, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated at the Munich Security Conference. Europe needs a new peace treaty and Russia has already prepared a draft of this document, he added.

The strengthening of Euro-Atlantic security is a traditional issue on the agenda but today it should be looked at in a different way. 2011 showed that the nature of international relations is changing.

According to Mr. Lavrov, the most evident of these changes were economic and political growth in China, Asia and the Pacific countries. The principle of “communicating vessels” is also affecting politics – e.g. a number of Western countries which were traditionally considered to be the global driving forces are getting weaker.  Russia has to take this into account even though the EU still remains its main trade, economic and investment partner.

NATO, in turn, remains the most powerful and efficient security organization but at the moment, it still cannot be considered Russia’s partner. Although the 2010 Russia-NATO summit in Lisbon resulted in an agreement on strategic cooperation, it produced no practical results.

“Europe needs a peace treaty which would draw a line under the Cold War era as extensive cooperation cannot be built on trust alone. Let’s remember the wise saying “trust but verify” meaning that a treaty of this kind should be legally binding. In 2008, we put forward a draft European Security Treaty and the principle of “indivisible security”.”

The security agenda is quite broad. It includes control over conventional weapons and anti-missile defense issues. NATO’s anti-missile shield in Europe can prove controversial as Russia and the alliance have so far failed to settle the issue. However, Sergey Lavrov has proposed to use their experience of joint fight against piracy and terrorism to reach an agreement.

The Minister told the delegations from 70 countries about the way Russia views security in the Euro-Atlantic and other regions.

“We could decide to create a collective security space divided into regions  whose members would  be bound legally and politically. One of such zones could be the OSCE covered by the Euro Security Treaty which has been put forward by Russia. It would be a good idea to establish practical cooperation between NATO and the CSTO within this zone.”

Among other participant regions  segments the Minister named Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and South Caucasus (provided that Georgia, Abkhazia and S.Ossetia guarantee non-use of force). But Russia will not support strategies which may trigger new confrontations either inside or outside the proposed regions, Lavrov said.

We will not join any blocs aimed at deterring China which is our good neighbor and strategic partner. (end)

Last year, Mr Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton exchanged START-3 ratification credentials which officially implemented the Treaty. Now they will need to make a decision on a resolution against Syria. Last week Hillary Clinton tried to reach Lavrov by phone to discuss the draft version, but he was away in Australia at the time. They did, however, manage to discuss the document during the Munich Conference. On February 4, UNSC members are expected to vote on the resolution.
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