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End ultimatums against Syria – Russia

2011-11-29 12:32

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday urged an end to "ultimatums" against its Middle East ally Syria after the approval of Arab League sanctions and a call from Washington and the EU for an immediate end to violence.

"Right now, the most important thing is to stop acting by means of ultimatums and try to move toward political dialogue," Interfax quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

His comments came one day after the United States and the European Union issued a joint statement after White House talks for "the Syrian government to end violence immediately".

Lavrov added that Russia's negative experience of Nato's air campaign in Libya made it unlikely that Moscow would back the imposition of an arms embargo against Syria.

"The periodic proposals that we hear on imposing a complete arms embargo on Syria - I would say that they are fairly disingenuous," Lavrov said after meeting his Icelandic counterpart.

"We are going to view another embargo, this one against Syria, based on the experience that we gained from the Libyan example."

Russia backed the impositions of an arms embargo against the strongman regime of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and abstained from a UN resolution that paved the way for military action against his regime.

Moscow then strongly criticised the course of the campaign and was particularly angered by an arms drop to Libyan opposition forces that was confirmed by France.

Russia accused Nato of breaking the spirit of the UN resolution by picking sides in the Libya conflict and openly backing the opposition.

Comments
  • Kobus - 2011-11-29 13:29

    And if they dont? What will Russia then do about it?

  • Michael - 2011-11-29 16:31

    The European foreign gangsters (sorry "minsters")should butt out of Syrian affairs and concentrate on their own crisis- the impending collapse of the EU and its currency. The overwhelming majority of Syrians acknowledge the need for change in their system and are mature enough to realize that it requires a proper national engagement of all parties, and not war in the streets. We are fed a daily diet of lame and repetitive articles in the media which are all totally unsubstantiated. What suckers do they take us for!!!The reason the Arab League agreement collapsed was that Syria simply asked for a proper protocol of coordination for the 500 or so observers who were about to flood their country. Perfectly reasonable request for any government to make! Russian support will ensure that the situation does not spiral further @Kobus.

  • Christoffsmuts - 2011-11-29 17:18

    Russia is losing its nerve with the War For Oil Countries.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-11-29 20:29

    What is it with Russia? Why can't they support the US & West for once in the face of such open brutality in Syria? They have a serious inadequacy problem. Stupid Slav's. It was ok to accept help from the USA when the Nazi's were kicking down their doors but they can't get on the right side now.

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