Latest News Syria: Russia – Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov


Lavrov: Syrian Opposition Responsible for Delaying Geneva Conference

Jun 11, 2013

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said that the Syrian opposition is responsible for delaying the holding of the international conference on Syria in Geneva.

In an interview on CBS TV, Lavrov said that the US officials admit that the “Syrian Coalition” is not ready to negotiate and cannot even decide who to represent it.

Lavrov said that the Syrian government is ready to send its delegation to the conference, adding that “Moscow believes that the Syrian leadership will send its delegation to the conference, we should know if the opposition will or will not go to Geneva.”

He dismissed the reports alleging that Russia’s stance on Syria is a reaction to a “US potential interference” in other countries’ affairs, adding that “Our foreign policy is firm and it is not based on such approach.”

“Russia’s western partners express their full understanding to the situation but they are embarrassed by their past statements”, Lavrov said, adding that these countries tell Russia that ” We said that President Bashar al-Assad should leave and we cannot retract our statements and swallow our tongues.”

Lavrov addressed these western officials saying “Well, you have to choose, you can think of your reputation or you can think of saving lives.”

He criticized US media which said that Russia is supporting a “loser horse”, saying ” It needs so much impertinence to use such terms to describe the tragic situation in Syria “.

In a related context, the Russian Minister said that Moscow is providing Syria with defensive weapons through contracts that were signed between the two sides.

He added that the international law does not prevent importing weapons to any sovereign country.

Lavrov expressed his country’s disappointment that the International Arms Trade treaty didn’t clearly tackle the issue of preventing weapons’ sale to non-governmental organizations.

He said that the opposition forces which are fighting against the Syrian Army is equipped with modern warfare as was the case in al-Qseir, adding that “The opposition had artillery and anti-aircrafts systems”.

Earlier, Lavrov and his Argentinean counterpart, Hector Tiimerman, expressed rejection of providing weapons to armed groups in Syria, reiterating their rejection to attempts to militarize the crisis in Syria.

Russia, Argentina Renew Their Refusal to Militarize Crisis in Syria 

Earlier, Russia and Argentina have reiterated their unequivocal rejection of the militarization of the crisis in Syria, expressing their concern over the escalation of violence that actually worsens the situation in Syria.

During their meeting in Buenos Aires on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister, sergei Lavrov and his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman, expressed their refusal of importing weapons to illegal armed groups to be used against the army and the Syrian people.

Lavrov and Timerman called for a peaceful and political settlement to the crisis in Syria, an immediate cessation of all acts of violence and commitment to a comprehensive dialogue between all components of the Syrian people.

H. Zain/ M. Nassr /  Ghossoun


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3 Responses to Latest News Syria: Russia – Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov

  1. kruitvat says:

    7 June, 2013

    Towards the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia S. Lavrov to Argentina and Brazil

    At the beginning of the next week, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov will visit two countries in Latin America: on June 10, he will make an official visit to Argentina, on June 11, he will make a working visit to Brazil.
    In an interview with the Voice of Russia, Director of the Latin American Department of the Foreign Ministry Alexander Shchetinin, who will accompany the Head of the Russian diplomacy during this trip, has spoken about goals, objectives and importance of Lavrov’s visits to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
    Let’s start with Argentina. How would you describe the importance of Sergey Lavrov’s visit to this country?
    A. Shchetinin: This is a sequel to a constructive and very dynamic political dialogue that we have with this country. We are partners in the UN Security Council – Argentina is currently a non-permanent member of this body; we are partners in the G-20. For us, Argentina is one of the key countries, our strategic partner in Latin America.
    With this in mind, a very broad agenda is proposed: exchange of views on development of both bilateral cooperation (in political, trade and economic, scientific and technological spheres, and in the field of culture) and international affairs with regard to the consonance of our approaches to key issues of the global agenda.
    Will any agreements be signed as a result of negotiations in Buenos Aires?
    A. Shchetinin: We hope that as a result of the talks a joint Ministerial Declaration will be signed, which will reflect our common approaches to the key aspects of bilateral and international cooperation. Therefore, we believe that the negotiations will be useful and constructive.
    Sergei Lavrov will meet with representatives of the Argentine business circles, especially because there is a nice occasion: Chairman of the Business Council Argentina-Russia Antonio Estrany y Gendre was awarded the Order of Friendship by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation. There will be a ceremony of presentation of this award and an informal intercourse of the Minister with Argentine businessmen, representatives of business circles of this country.
    In his recent interview with the Voice of Russia, Ambassador of Argentina in Moscow Juan Carlos Kreckler called the relations between our countries «magnificent» (excelentes). Do you agree with that assessment?
    A. Shchetinin: I think, yes, of course. Cooperation is going very well, very constructively, in the line of ascent. Mr. Ambassador’s assessment is certainly very pleasing for us, but this is not a reason for us to rest on our laurels. Vice versa – there are some serious issues, there are issues that need to be resolved in order to make our cooperation develop more dynamically.
    First of all, at issue is our economic and scientific and technological cooperation.
    Perhaps, Lavrov’s visit to Brazil, despite its «working» status, will be no less important: we are talking about the leading power in South America, aren’t we?
    A. Shchetinin: Indeed, Brazil is a strategic partner for us: they are our colleagues at the BRICS, our colleagues at G-20, this is the country, which is actively working at a number of international organizations and heads them.
    Of course, Brazil’s international authority is very important as regards settlement of various conflicts that occur in the world. It is important to note the coincidence of our principled approaches to the necessity of a political settlement of the situation in the Middle East, around Syria.
    In general, the Ministers have many things to talk about, and we hope that the talks will proceed in an informal, constructive and friendly manner.
    As for the bilateral agenda, it should be noted that our political dialogue is actively developing: during the last calendar year, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Moscow, and the Chairman of the Government of Russia Dmitry Medvedev also paid a visit to Brazil. This practice will be continued and developed.
    Certainly, this is our main partner both in trade and economic and in scientific and technological spheres. For example, since February of this year, a land-based tracking station is working in Brazil in the framework of the GLONASS system. So, the development in this sphere is quite dynamic, too.
    In the near future, Brazil will become a venue for major sporting events (the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016), and cooperation in the field of ensuring security of major sporting events is a very important sphere of our bilateral interaction.
    It was an interview with the Director of the Latin American Department of the MFA of Russia on the upcoming visit of Head of the Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov to Argentina and Brazil.

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  2. kruitvat says:

    11 June 2013

    Russian, U.S. leaders “keen to move forward” – Lavrov

    Relations between Moscow and Washington will develop in a step by step manner despite the existing “irritators”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    “Well, I don’t see any challenges which are not insurmountable. I believe that after some pause and some irritators, which appeared rather officially in our relationship some time ago, both presidents are keen to move forward,” Lavrov told the U.S. television station CBS.
    “And that was the message President Obama sent to President Putin earlier this year. The President of the Russian Federation reciprocated in the same way,” he said. “We are prepared to go as far as the United States is, of course, on the basis of mutual interests searching for balance between the interest of the two countries and on the basis of equality and respect to each other’s position,” the Russian minister said.
    “So I think, of course, without closing eyes on what still irritates our relations – missile defense is a case in point, some absolutely, I would say, unprecedented arrogant steps like the Magnitsky law, whereby the Congress took upon itself to be the judge of the Russian system, basically,” Lavrov said.
    “But all this is taken into account, the two presidents are keen to build upon the positive foundation which we have managed to establish,” he said.
    The Russian and U.S. presidents have been paying great attention to the need to further promote business contacts between the two countries, Lavrov said.
    Lavrov said he was certain that both the U.S. and Russia were interested in further development of business. “We need much more investments,” he said. “The two presidents agreed, and I think this should be materialized soon, to establish some kind of flexible, informal mechanism to monitor the conditions for doing business in Russia and in the United States,” Lavrov said.

    Voice of Russia, Interfax
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  3. kruitvat says:

    MOSCOW, June 11 (RIA Novosti)

    Russian Minister Condemns West’s ‘Double Standards’ on Syria

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the West’s “double standards” in dealing with foreign regimes it has branded as dictatorial, and defended Russia’s arms contracts with Syria….

    Speaking in a recent interview with America’s CBS network released on Monday evening, Lavrov said the West had a policy of double standards in approaching foreign regimes, particularly in the current Syrian conflict between the government and rebel forces.
    “You either deny terrorists any acceptance in international life, or you make your double standard policy work the way it has been working – ‘I don’t like that guy in this country, so we will be calling him a dictator and topple him. This guy in another country is also dictatorial, but he’s our dictator,'” Lavrov said.
    When asked about Russia’s supply of weapons to the Syrian government, Lavrov reiterated the Kremlin’s position that Moscow is committed to fulfilling contracts with Syria for defensive weapons.
    “I don’t think you can perpetrate war crimes with defensive weapons, with air defense systems,” Lavrov said in the interview.
    When asked by a CBS reporter about a list of small arms and ammunition in “a request from a Syrian army general to a Russian arms supplier” in March of this year, including 200,000 mortar rounds and grenade launchers, Lavrov said he had not seen such request yet.

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