Russia accuses west of blackmailing Moscow in UN resolution on Syria

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov. Photo:   
Moscow: Coming out heavily to western nations Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov alleged that the western governments are trying to blackmail Russia into supporting their interpretation of the Syrian resolution adding that they have threatened to end the UN observer mission if an agreement is not reached.

Russia gives its full support to Kofi Annan’s peace plan, but some western powers have distorted the document’s meaning to push for the removal of President Bashar Assad. The resolution reached in New York does in no way stipulate the ouster of Assad, said Lavrov.

The head of the Russian Foreign Office said that some Western countries twisted the wording of the Geneva agreement to open the door to sanctions against Syria.

Russia has been accused of bias towards President Assad’s regime after blocking previous Security Council resolutions on the basis they were unbalanced. Lavrov emphasized that Moscow does not take sides in the conflict and its only interest is to bring an end to the bloodshed.

He leveled criticism at Western nations for refusing diplomatic negotiations with President Assad.

Russia has urged its Western partners to get behind Kofi Annan’s plan to end the Syrian conflict as it is the only way to halt the violence.
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