Russia rejects 'joke' of hosting Assad

2012-07-05 20:49

Moscow - Russia on Thursday confirmed that some of its Western partners had asked Moscow to offer Syrian President Bashar Assad asylum but said it had dismissed the idea as a joke.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the idea was first raised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her 1 June talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Berlin.

"Our side thought this was a joke and responded with a joke - how about you, the Germans, take Mr Assad instead," Lavrov said during a joint press appearance with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle.

Lavrov said he was "quite surprised" when the idea was raised again during a meeting of Western and regional powers on the crisis in Geneva on Saturday.

"While discussing the subject of Syria, I heard them say they were convinced that we would take him and thus resolve all the problems of the Syrian people," Russia's top diplomat said.

"This is either a dishonest attempt to deceive serious people involved in foreign policy or a misunderstanding of the facts."

Russia has previously rejected the idea of hosting the Syrian strongman while refusing to say whether it had actually been approached on the subject by the West.

Putin himself was forced to dismiss such speculation just days after his election to an historic third term in March.

Lavrov repeated Russia's displeasure with the slow pace of reforms pursued by its Soviet-era ally while once again arguing that any attempts at forced regime change were doomed to end in even greater violence.

"Yes, the regime bears the main responsibility. And governments bear the main responsibility for ensuring the security of their people," said Lavrov.

But those who seek regime change in Syria "ignore the fact that we are not talking about a few dozen people - as they tell us we are - but a very large part of the Syrian population that ties its security to the current president", he stressed.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-05 21:23

    Long Live Asad do what you have to do with those western vampire backed terrorist idiots.

      africanwolf - 2012-07-05 21:45

      He is dead man walking :)

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-05 21:49

      assad has two choices; either go to The Hague, or hang from a tree !!! But soon it will only be the latter !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-05 23:11

      Keith, You are an extreme dishonest person, who just utters BS and CRAP to please a handful of radicals/extremists. Here you are prasing a corrupt dictator, this terrorist assad; But in your post of 03 July 2012, re to Mohammed Morsi, you say the following : ""I admire you then you will set an example of direct democracy and set an example for all other leaders on the continent of africa, they should kiss your feet as they unworthy for corrupt behaviour"" You are a bullsh.tter !!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-06 04:53

      Plain stupid. The West are vampires and terrorists, but the actual terrorist, the unelected dictator Bashar Assas, who's family hasn't allowed Syrians to vote in 48 years and is slaughtering Syrians and their families in their homes, including women and children, isn't. Truly brain dead.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-06 09:59

      Pretty hard to fabricate this :

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-05 21:47

    How can it be an 'illegal' regime change ?????? This terrorist regime is illegitimate, nobody put them there but themselves. It is just an inmature story that the West is forcing a regime change, as it is the Syrians themselves who started this revolt, and are also the ones who will end it, with the forced removal of this assad thug. The only surprise has been, that it took soo many years to overcome fear, and face up to these terrorists !!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-05 21:52

    Of course the Russians wont offer this terrorist asylum. As soon as they have no longer any need for him, he can go and rot !!! BASTARDS !!!!

      africanwolf - 2012-07-05 21:59

      They never needed him he has nothing to offer :)

      dawood.timol - 2012-07-05 22:21

      @Anthony u seem an uneducated,illiterate and gullible either have an ulterior motive in your comments, or you just plain dead ignorant..your life like most other europeans revolves around your puppet master , the US are the kind they groom to eventually put blinders on(one track minded idiot)..consider yourself the poodle.

      imraan.chothia.7 - 2012-07-05 23:52

      Dawood, i dono how u or anthony reach your guys conclusions. From my view, i have no comment coz i have no idea on whos the good and whos the bad, how did assad come into power and will another assad replace him, whos started the uprising in syria, whos killing who??? All i do know is that the Western Alliance are making us a fool, we think we know whats going on, but really we have no idea. Is it minerals they after? Is it a strategic spot? I give up

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-06 05:25

      Dawood, you're a racist and bigot of the highest order. I'm surprised News24 still allows you to be a member of their site. You've posted hate-speech here on several occasions.. They're opening themselves to be sued, which could be a costly and embarrassing situation for them. You have zero credibility on anything to do with human rights.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-06 06:38

      Deadwood, ""your life like most other europeans revolves around your puppet master , the US administration"" ?!?!?!?!?! What is wrong with you ??? You have learnt a few words like; US administration, groom, blinders, puppet, etc, and than throw them together, with some insults, and than press 'post comment' Just try a little harder, and you will reach the level of Fidel and Patrick................... This is pure lunacy. Get a grip on yourself !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-06 10:29

      @Imraan That is easy, just look at who has a history of lying the most. Watch what they do and not what they say!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-06 14:37

      Imraan, the Assad family has been in control of the Syrian state for 49 years, during which Syrians have not been allowed to vote. Assad's father did the same thing as his son is doing now twenty years ago when Syrians demanded the right to vote. He killed 20,000 people ruthlessly and without conscience. The current uprising is an extension of what has been called the Arab Spring, started by a humble street-trader in Tunisia who immolated himself out of sheer frustration at being oppressed by the unelected dictatorship in that country. He refused to live even one day longer under those conditions. The unelected dictators Gaddafi and Assad, backed by the election-rigging Iranian regime, are turning the Arab Spring into a nightmare. The people of the Middle East, like people anywhere, deserve the right to vote for their leaders and determine their futures. They are not children and they certainly do not deserve to be mistreated by unelected dictators. .

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-06 10:23

    At the moment Lavrov seems to be outplaying these fools at geopolitical chess. Russia and China make these Nato terrorists look pretty silly, like a very small dog barking at a couple of large ones. Lavrov has achieved admiration from the non-Western world.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-06 11:27

      Absolutely rubbish, Russian influence in world politics is zero!!! Where they do have influence all over the world, is in drug trading, and prostitution!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-06 11:53

      If it wasn't for Russia there's a good chance one of the last secular countries in the region would have been destroyed by now. Russia is standing up to the mendacious and morally indefensible west. It shows that Russia matters and Russia can be a counter-weight. Congratulations to Russia and China. I hope they will continue their good work and prevent another "No-Fly Zone" resolution turned into a "Bombing-zone" resolution.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-06 14:02

      Truly delusional and plain stupid. Syrians are being murdered by Russia at the hands of Assad. How dumb can a person be.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-06 14:40

      "Truly delusional and plain stupid", ad neaseum!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-06 14:53

      Never forget that Chess is the Russian national game.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-06 15:16

      Fidel still supports unelected dictators, in 2012. That's delusional. The stupid part comes in because he's still doing this after all that's been pointed out to him.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-06 18:01

      ""ad neaseum!"" Achhh shame, must be horrible having such a complex !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-06 22:02

      You want to say , it was better here when the Nats were in power, as many things 'worked better" DON'T TALK ABSOLUTE RUBBISH !!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-07 00:44

      A disaster co-created by Patrick and Fidel who have put blindfolds over their eyes. In the meantime Syrians are being murdered by an unelected dictator because they want to vote for their leaders.

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