21/06/2013

Russia: US, UN undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

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Lavrov slams US, UN for undermining Geneva peace talks on Syria

June 21, 2013

The US must choose whether it wants to stage a peace conference on Syria or keep fueling the rebels’ hopes of victory as it’s impossible to do both things at the same time, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said.

Lavrov told Bloomberg that Russia wants to understand if their partners in America and the United Nations are really consistent with the idea of the Geneva 2 conference on Syria as their actions keep sending the wrong message to the country’s opposition. 

The US and its European allies are considering arms supplies and a no-fly zone over Syria to help the rebels in their fight against the forces loyal to president, Bashar Assad. 

“The message the opposition is getting: ‘Guys, don’t go to Geneva. Don’t say that you are going to negotiate with the regime. Soon things will change in your favor.’ So, that’s what we want to clarify. It’s either the conference or the instigation of the opposition not to be flexible. I don’t think it’s possible to do both at the same time,” Lavrov said. 

The Foreign Minister reminded that Russia has been pushing for the peace solution “irrespective of the situation on the ground,” while the West started speaking of a conference only after Assad’s forces began advancing on the rebels.   

“They weren’t ready to discuss it when many people believed that the opposition would take Damascus in recent weeks,”
 he stressed. “If now they’ll be moving in the direction of what some opposition leaders are saying – namely, let’s first restore military balance on the ground and then we’ll go the conference. This’ll be a disaster for all diplomatic efforts because this would never end.” 


According to Lavrov, Russia, the US and the UN are currently working on the list of invitees to the Geneva 2 conference, with two key issues currently being unsolved. 

Read more on: http://rt.com/news/lavrov-syria-geneva-us-084/

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20/05/2013

Latest News Syria: Moscow

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Lavrov: Opposition's Agreement with No Preconditions Must be Guaranteed for Conference on Syria

May 20, 2013

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stressed on Monday the necessity of guaranteeing the agreement of the Syrian opposition to participate in the international conference on Syria with no preconditions.

During a press conference in Sochi city, Lavrov said that various meetings are scheduled this week for the Syrian opposition in Istanbul and Madrid.

Lavrov added, "Our partners have stressed commitment to work with the Syrian opposition to encourage them to change their position to start the dialogue immediately and stop presenting unrealistic conditions." 

He said, "Undoubtedly, all Syria's neighbors with no exception, including Iran, should be invited to attend the conference," stressing that the Syrians themselves should resolve all issues.

Lavrov added that the beginning of the upcoming month does not seem an unrealistic date for holding the conference, saying "In principle, if there is good will, it would be possible to reach understanding; consequently the beginning of June does not seem to be an unrealistic date."

He pointed out that excessive expectations should be avoided in terms of the timetable of the conference, saying "Accomplishing everything within three, four or five days – as some of our partners desire – is unrealistic… such task cannot be proposed because if very short dates were agreed on, and afterwards several days or maybe weeks were needed, there would likely be suggestions to refer the issue to the Security Council and impose sanctions and so on and so forth."

Lavrov emphasized that the international conference on Syria requires diplomatic work, not hasty steps.

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07/05/2013

Israel declares war on Syria: Moscow

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May 7, 2013

Kerry in Moscow to press US agenda against Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Moscow in a high profile bid to press top Russian officials against backing the Syrian government amid the recent US-backed Israeli aggression against the nation.

Issues surrounding Israeli aerial and missile strikes against Syrian installations are widely expected to be the top agenda in the talks as the US has announced a major effort to begin providing military aid for foreign-backed militant gangs, trying to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power, press reports said Tuesday.

Russia has already expressed major concerns over the Israeli attacks and warned that such acts of aggression threaten to expand tensions to neighboring countries.

Despite growing US-led pressures on Moscow to halt its support for the Syrian government, Russia has so far resisted efforts by the US and its allies to wage a direct military intervention against Syria, insisting that the crisis will have to be resolved diplomatically.

Kerry will meet with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, although the two greatly disagree on the events in Syria and the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

This while the Obama administration has recently said it does not rule out providing arms for the militant gangs in Syria which include al-Qaeda-linked terrorist elements.

Ahead of Kerry's visit to Moscow, Russia's foreign ministry called on the West to stop politicizing the issue of chemical weapons in Syria,.

This is while Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN commission probing the alleged use of the nerve gas sarin in Syria, announced on Sunday that the country’s opposition forces, and not the Assad regime, were behind the use of chemical weapons.

There are "strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof" of sarin gas being used "on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," she reportedly told a Swiss-Italian television outlet.

Following his visit to Russia, Kerry is to travel to Rome to meet with Italian, Israeli and Jordanian officials to discuss Middle East issues, including the Syrian situation.

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28/11/2012

Moscow rejects foreign intervention in Syria

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November 28, 2012

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister , Sergei Lavrov, renewed his country's stance in rejection of foreign intervention in Syria, stressing that Russia is exerting great efforts to end violence in Syria and support resorting to dialogue, through which the Syrians should reach an agreement based on the structure and the future of their country.

In an interview with Argumenty i Fakty Russian Newspaper, Lavrov said that the cooperation between Russia and Syria in the technical military domain contributes to supporting the stability in the Middle East, adding that the material technical supply point of the Russian naval fleet in Tartous works normally."

He stressed that there is no possibility of dragging Russia into the armed conflict taking place in Syria, pointing out to the importance of applying Geneva Statement to solve the crisis in Syria, as Russia works closely with the Syrian government and all parties for its implementation.

Lavrov pointed out to the necessity that all foreign sides and those who have influence on the 'the Syrian opposition' play their role to fulfill the approach agreed on in Geneva.

He warned that the continuation of violence in Syria would lead to the aggravation of the situation which may erupt in the region, stressing the presence of a lot of foreign extremists, mercenaries and terrorists linked to al-Qaeda among the armed opposition. He also expressed worry over the transition of the conflict to the neighboring countries.

Moscow Strongly Condemns terrorist Bombings in Jaramana, Damascus Countryside

The Russian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the terrorist explosions which hit Jaramana in Damascus countryside, indicating that these bombings bear the imprints of al-Qaeda.

"Such acts represent familiar methods of the international terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda which aim to ruin any effort  to restore stability to Syria and resolve the crisis peacefully," a statement for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.  

The statement added " we vehemently condemn the terrorist crimes which can't be justified."

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The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA was regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda.

Some days ago SANA was inaccessible again: 'Page Web inaccessible - Unable to load web page on Google Chrome, because www.sana.sy did not respond in time. It is possible that the site is blocked or you have problems with your Internet connection - Error 118 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT)'

Google Research doesn't show actually SANA's website under the searching words 'latest news Syria'. The censure comes just after France and Britain recognized the so called 'Syrian opposition', provided with money and weapons by the western countries.

The Internet search engines are in the hands of the U.S. government which doesn't want a political solution for Syria and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups in Turkey and Syria.

Try the following links to get the website of SANA and find what the western press conceals:

sana.sy main IP address: http://208.43.232.81/
sana.sy Turkish website: http://208.43.232.81/index_tur.html