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Russia says Assad making mistakes

2012-03-20 22:28

Moscow  -Russia said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad was "making a lot of mistakes" despite repeated calls from Moscow for his troops and rebel forces to cease violence and seek dialogue.

"We believe that the Syrian leadership responded incorrectly to the very first manifestations of the peaceful protests," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Kommersant FM radio in a pre-recorded interview.

"The Syrian leadership - despite the numerous promises it has made in response to our calls - is making a lot of mistakes," said Lavrov.

"And the things that are actually moving in the right direction are coming too late," Lavrov added.

His comments came amid growing signs that Russia could drop its support for Assad after a year of violence that Syrian opposition activists say have claimed more than 9 100 lives.

Russia had earlier on Tuesday said it was ready to back either a UN Security Council statement or resolution on Syrian peace envoy Kofi Annan's proposal on ending the crisis as long as it contained no ultimatums.

Lavrov last week had also accused Assad of making errors and moving too slowly on reforms. But his latest comments suggest that Russia was unhappy with his leadership from the early stages of the bloody conflict.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-03-20 23:18

    Um, hello!! Wakey wakey. All the while Syrians are being butchered in their homes.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-21 02:29

      No, it was Alexander !!

      Fred - 2012-03-21 02:43

      Muedes/Gollum believes Syrians are not being killed, maimed, detained, tortured and raped by Assad and his forces :)

      Alexander - 2012-03-21 09:27

      Fred I pointed this that Russia is not for Assad long time ago. And Russia is saying this from the start of this conflict. But it doesnot mean that he should be removed like Gaddafi etc. That was and is the point. Simply Russia is trying to get attention to it and find a peaceful procedure.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-21 12:24

      Alexander, ""Simply Russia is trying to get attention to it and find a "peaceful" procedure"" Excuse me !!!!!!!!!! By sending one billion dollars worth of Russian tanks and rockets, plus Russian "experts/advisers" TO MURDRER THE OPPOSITION !!!!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-03-21 21:30

      The mafia-like Russian regime is definitely for the UNELECTED Assad. Everyone can see it. They are piling weapons into Assad's military and have done NOTHING to end his slaughter of Syrians by the thousands. And YOU are complicit in these killings, as well as the detention, torture and rape of Syrians by the tens of thousands. As horrible as Gaddafi's death was, he chose it, again and again and again. You and your rogue regime are choosing to not only allow but aid the same horrible deaths of thousands of Syrians. You make no sense, and have little or no heart sense.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-21 03:50

    ""We believe that the Syrian leadership responded incorrectly to the very first manifestations of the peaceful protests,"" Lets hope that Russia, late in the day, comes to its senses, as they have been instrumental in this civil war. Every Russian, who voted for their present government, should hang their heads in shame , for allowing it to make the biggest foreign policy blunder in recent history; the propping up a corrupt violent family, which has resulted; That since the manifestations of these peaceful protests; NINE THOUSAND SYRIANS HAVE BEEN MURDERED !!!!!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-21 09:01

    By Russian standards he has definitely made a mistake. He hasn't killed enough of them to cow the rest into servile submission, in the best Stalinist tradition. One only has to listen to Putin and his wistful yearning for "the good old days".

      Alexander - 2012-03-21 09:22

      welcome to russophobe club to Africa21@

      Fred - 2012-03-21 21:33

      Alexander, I think you need to mature your view of work's affairs. Standing by a mafia-like regime makes you one of them. You have to be wise enough to differentiate yourself from wrong leadership, without thinking you're being displays. Wrong is wrong, and you're not seeing this at the moment. You're indirectly responsible for the deaths, detentions, torture and rapes of tens of thousands of Syeians because of your immaturity.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 21:35

      Alexander, I think you need to mature your view of world affairs. Standing by a mafia-like regime makes you one of them. You have to be wise enough to differentiate yourself from wrong leadership, without thinking you're being disloyal. Wrong is wrong, and you're not seeing this at the moment. You're therefore indirectly responsible for the deaths, detention, torture and rape of tens of thousands of Syrians because of your immaturity.

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