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Moscow will never agree to UNSC sanctions against Syria

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Syria is balancing on the brink of a full-scale civil conflict, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at today’s press conference.

He also stressed Moscow would never agree to UN Security Council sanctions against Syria, since they can lead to grave consequences for the whole Middle East.

Mr Lavrov said he believed it is not too late to start up a dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.

The country has been engulfed in anti-government protests for over a year, with reports of both civilian and military casualties coming in daily. The death toll has already exceeded 12,000 people.

A bus with Russian experts was shot at in Syria today, in what has already become a common case in the region.

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Syrian opposition masterminded from abroad – Lavrov

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Moscow has slammed “outside forces” for orchestrating military operations of the Syrian opposition and stressed it had enough evidence to prove its standpoint.

This came in an announcement of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a press briefing today.

Lavrov underscored that opposition war chiefs were well-known to the Kremlin, as well as the whereabouts of the Syrian Liberation Army’s headquarters and countries that channeled money to opposition militants.

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Moscow reiterates Syria conference call

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Russia has reiterated its call for an emergency international conference on Syria.

Appearing at a Moscow news conference Saturday, Foreign Minister Lavrov said this conference should be all-inclusive and allow powers other than the so-called ‘Friends of Syria’ to have their say. He also said he expected this conference to coordinate action to implement Kofi Annan’s settlement plan and create conditions for the conflicting sides in Syria to enter into a dialogue. He argued that putting pressure on any of these sides is inadmissible, and the future of the Assad regime is a matter for the Syrian people.

Mr Lavrov criticized several Gulf nations for supplying the Syrian opposition with arms, which is often turned against Syrian civilians. He defended Russia’s arms sales to Syria, saying they are limited to anti-aircraft systems which can only be used for defence.  

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Russia says is not against Assad’s departure

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Russia will not oppose the departure of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad if such a move is a result of a dialogue between Syrians themselves and is not enforced through external pressure, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.    

“If the Syrians agree (about Assad’s departure) between each other, we will only be happy to support such a solution,” Lavrov told reporters. “But we believe it is unacceptable to impose the conditions for such a dialogue from outside.”

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World’s future hinges on outcome of Syria conflict – Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined that the outcome of the Syrian conflict would shape the future world.

He also noted Moscow saw no alternative to the peace initiative put forth by Arab League’s and UN’s Special Envoy Kofi Annan.

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Damascus imports no Russian air defense systems

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Russia’s arms trade deal with Syria prohibits exports of air defense artillery to Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed.

In his press conference today, the top foreign official stressed Moscow wasn’t providing Damascus with any weapons that could be used against its own people.

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Russia stands firm on Syria – Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow’s stance on Syria hasn’t altered.

Russia and China, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, have twice blocked the UN resolution on Syria, first in October 2011 and then in 2012.

RIA, TASS, Reuters.

Jun 9, 2012

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