Latest News Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov


Russia refutes US reports on Syria power handover agreement

June 6, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called a US State Department report that Russia, the US and UN agreed that Syrian authorities should pass their power to a transitional government as a “strong distortion of information”.

The top Russian diplomat commented on the statement made earlier this week by the Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

In particular, the State Department representative stated that Russia, the United States and the United Nations agree that the goal of the new conference in Geneva must be the forming of a new transitional government in Syria. This really matches with what was written down last year. But, if the reports that I have received are true, the State Department went on to add that this should be a transitional government to which the current authorities in Damascus would hand over all their powers. If this was really said by the State Department, this is a very strong distortion of what the talks were about,” Lavrov told reporters at the press conference connected with the Baltic States’ conference of foreign ministers.

The Russian Foreign Minister said the agreement reached at his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry was that the “forming of a government on the basis of consent between the authorities and the opposition is one thing and forming it through handing over the power from the government to the opposition – is something completely different. “Therefore, I expect that the US negotiators will observe what we have agreed upon with John Kerry,” he noted.


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2 Responses to Latest News Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

  1. kruitvat says:

    US-backed UN resolution on Syria is ‘odious’, says Russian foreign minister
    Draft UN resolution condemns rights abuses by regime

    29 May 2013

    Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has criticised as “odious” a US-backed draft resolution condemning the Syrian government before a debate at the UN human rights council on Wednesday. Lavrov said the “extremely unwholesome initiative” would damage attempts to end the Syrian ‘civil war’ and convene a planned peace conference.

    The draft resolution, submitted by the US, Qatar and Turkey, condemns the use of heavy weapons against ‘civilians’ and other rights abuses by the Syrian regime.

    Lavrov called it “one-sided” and said he was surprised the US was one of the sponsors, saying it ran contrary to the US’s pledge to help organise the planned peace conference. He said the draft was “unilateral and odious”.

    Lavrov told a press briefing in Moscow: “If we all adhere to such a settlement [organising the peace conference], then we must avoid one-sided spoilers and do everything to persuade all opposition members to sit down for talks without any preconditions.

    “It’s necessary that all of us work honestly and without double standards, speaking in support of the conference while simultaneously taking action to derail the proposal.”

    Lavrov reiterated Russian insistence that Iran be invited to the conference, an idea opposed by France, and said opponents of President Assad should be persuaded to enter negotiations “without preconditions” such as his exit.

  2. kruitvat says:

    Putin warns against foreign military intervention in Syria

    June 4, 2013

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against any attempt at foreign military intervention in Syria, stressing that the move would only make the situation worse.

    Speaking at a joint news conference after a summit with European Union leaders in Yekaterinburg, Putin said on Tuesday that any future foreign military intervention in Syria is doomed to fail.

    “We once again underscored that any attempts to influence the situation through force and direct military intervention are doomed to failure,” Putin said.

    He also criticized the EU for not extending an arms embargo on militants fighting against the Syrian government.

    The Russian president also defended his country’s decision to deliver advanced S-300 air defense missile systems to the Syrian government, saying it complies with the international law and will help to tilt the balance of power in the region.

    “It’s perhaps the best such weapon in the world. It’s indeed a serious weapon. We don’t want to throw the region off balance,” Putin added.

    He, however, said that Russia has not yet fulfilled the contract, which was signed a few years ago.

    On May 28, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow will go ahead with the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, and that the arms will help deter foreign intervention in the Arab country.

    He also stated that the air defense system was a “stabilizing factor” that could dissuade “some hotheads” from entering the unrest in Syria.

    The US, Israel and several Western countries have been pressuring Russia not to go through with a promised delivery of S-300 missiles to the Syrian government.

    The S-300 missile system, which has a range of up to 200 kilometers and the capability to track down and strike multiple targets simultaneously, could increase Syria’s air defense potential and at the same time limit the Israeli air force’s ability to hit targets inside Syria. Israel has threatened to attack the missiles if they are delivered.


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