Russia: Clinton criticism inappropriate

2012-07-06 22:10

Moscow - Russia on Friday described as "inappropriate" US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks at a Friends of Syria meeting that Moscow is holding up progress in resolving the conflict.

"The statement is inappropriate," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency.

"We have heard this numerous times before, but we are concerned that these types of remarks go against the final declaration of the Geneva meeting, which was adopted with the participation of the US secretary of state," he said.

At the Syria meeting in Paris, Clinton accused Russia and China of "holding up progress" in a settlement to the 16-month conflict, saying their stances were "no longer tolerable" and accusing them of supporting Bashar Assad.

Gatilov said such remarks went against the declaration agreed at a meeting in Geneva on Saturday, which made no explicit call for Assad to cede power as a prerequisite in resolving the conflict in a compromise deal.

"There are no conditions for beginning the all-Syrian dialogue in the final declaration. As for the Syrian president, we have repeatedly stated that we are not advocates of the Syrian leader," he said.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-07 00:37

    Another top general has defected from the Syrian military. Assad will go, and it will not be pretty. What's worse is that the Syrian people, who haven't been allowed to vote by Assad and his equally cruel father, are being made to go through this sheer darkness without help from the freer world.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-09 23:33

      awesome. I look forward to the lynching

  • Tommo - 2012-07-07 02:49

    Brave woman that Mrs Clinton. She gives it to them straight. They might not like \r\nIt but it's the truth. Russia and China have a lot to answer for.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-07 11:03

      DelusionBuster, The News24 Radical Club, has no answers!!! All the know is how to spew HATRED, RACISM and FILTH , 24/7 !!!!! And don't take any notice from this Patrick, He has got some crazed obsession with the USA, and stopped thinking for himself, many many years ago !!! Ohhhh, and for your info, he told us , he lives on an estate !!!! And ALSO that he is very international, he knows people in Iraq, Lesotho, Israel, South Sudan, Pakistan, Russia , China, and even a few girls in the DRC !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-07 16:23

      It are the ones of the News24 Radical Club, who make of EVERY SINGLE STORY, an East / West issue, and confuse the issue with total CRAP and BS. The majority of them don't hold jobs, and believe others 'owe' them. They have NEVER EVER made one iota difference in this world, and their main occuption is to " educate the dumb masses " Well the by far, majority of the people all over the world, think they are a bunch of useless LOSERS !!!!

      Tommo - 2012-07-07 18:47

      @Ziyaad. They will anwer to the people of Syria!!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-09 23:42

      Patrick, stop being a fool. the US and its Allies stand on the side of freedom, and on the side of freedom for the Syrian people. you can make excuses that all those countries supporting the rebels and their commitment to a free Syria, that they are doing it for their own agenda as well. who knows. but there is no disputing that those countries are standing on the side of RIGHT and GOOD. not WRONG and EVIL. once Assad and his cronies are lynched, the people of Syria will remember those that stood on their side, like the US, and many European countries and others. and the Syrian people will remember Turkey and others that supported the rebels financially and with weapons to withstand the brutal crackdown.

  • mbulelo.somzana - 2012-07-07 09:29

    I'm not surprised by China and Russia for delaying peace process in Syria ,they both do not respect human rights of their citizens,typical of states with communist theories.

  • jaba.kov - 2012-07-07 09:37

    I on Saturday described as "inappropriate" Russia’s hands; which are dripping with civilian Syrian blood…

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