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Russia Slams US Over Its Syria Stance

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak take a walk during their meeting in Moscow, Russia,  December 12, 2012. (AP)Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak take a walk during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, December 12, 2012. (AP)
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak take a walk during their meeting in Moscow, Russia,  December 12, 2012. (AP)
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak take a walk during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, December 12, 2012. (AP)
The Kremlin is lashing out at the United States for recognizing an opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that runs counter to previous agreements on Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Washington’s support of the opposition coalition as a legitimate representative of Syrians contradicts the agreements set at June’s Geneva Declaration.

Lavrov said he is surprised the U.S. has recognized the Syrian National Coalition as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people. He went on to say that this contradicts the agreements reached in Geneva that suggested the start of dialogue between representatives appointed by both the Syrian government and the opposition.

Lavrov said Washington’s recognition of the Syrian National Coalition shows the United States is clearly in favor of the opposition.

Related: Obama: US Now Recognizes New Syrian Opposition Coalition

He said since the coalition has been recognized as the only legitimate representative, it appears Washington is betting on the fact that the coalition will win an armed victory against President Bashar Al-Assad’s government.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Washington would recognize the Syrian National Coalition on Tuesday, the eve of a “Friends of Syria” conference, just as rebels intensified their push on Damascus. The conference of delegations from more than 100 Western and Arab nations on Wednesday backed the coalition.

As international backing grows for the newly formed coalition, it could intensify calls for Assad to step down. The Kremlin has consistently maintained that it is not the job of the United Nations Security Council to call for the ouster of any government.

Russia has refused to back three previous rounds of sanctions against Syria, its Middle Eastern ally, and has consistently called for dialogue between the opposition and the Syrian government.

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by: Anonymous
December 13, 2012 11:44 AM
Russia Upset? Why??? The Syrians are the ones that should be upset. Russian gov are making themselves look like jackasses to the world if they actually feel upset in any way shape or form. 100 Countries have accepted the new Syrian Government. This is for the Syrian people, not some tyrant who buys weapons to kill his own people. Russia better smarten its act, it's digging themselves deeper. Getting along with the world these days is a smart thing to do. If you see genocide in the worst measure it should be stopped. Not talked about forever, while sipping tea.
Putin would rather sip tea and try and prolong this whole scenario while innocent men women and children are dieing, that is disgusting. Assad has proven to the world he is a criminal, killing thousands of his own people, using soviet and iranian weapons. Mostly civillians have died. Now Assad seems to be using Phospherous , dropping it from helicopters as seen on youtube. It's time Russia holds hands with the Syrians if it isn't already too late.

by: David Wehbe from: Michigan
December 12, 2012 11:20 PM
Whats with the Russians, always protecting, aiding, and abetting savage mass murderers, terrorists, dictators, and tyrants, with gross disregard to basic humanity. Just to antagonize the US and the West, Russia continues to support one man, assad, at the expense of 25 million syrians living daily hell on earth. Nearly 50 thousand dead, 5 million displaced, more millions in refugee camps, the Russians think the west simply do not "like" assad. Brutal, blind, arrogant, and historically violators of human basic rights. Destroyed Chechnya, helped the Serbians kill countless of Bosnians for 10 years, helping Iran who instigate unrest and terrorism world wide, friends of all dictators, the russians are not to be trusted.

It is clear however the russians establish false relationships and fake friendships for economic and arm sales purposes only. History tought us, they are no ones real friend or ally. While the US has NATO and other formidable well armed allies around the world, Russia has no one worth while. They won't help Iran if attacked, as they didn't help Lybia, Iraq, and soon syria. A Survival lesson to any country. Embrace freedom and the West to thrive, or befriend the devil to spiral in a free fall, crash and burn.
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by: Anonymous
December 13, 2012 11:51 AM
& you forgot to tally in the number of people held captive right now by Assad forces in jails for absolutely no good reason at all. Many women, they are probably all going through hell in the Syrian jails (wherever they are)... Most families hope their loved ones will come back, some never see them again.
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by: Anonymous
December 13, 2012 11:47 AM
You are right Putin did destroy Chechnya, it was disgusting what Putin did, it was no different than Syria. Raized the entire place to the ground, mostly civillians living there. Something Hitler would do.

by: Brian Wells from: Reno NV
December 12, 2012 1:56 PM
Why do the first three paragraphs in this story all say the same thing? One paragraph would have been sufficient. Slow news day?

by: Biff from: sitting at desk
December 12, 2012 1:44 PM
Hard to agree with Russians here, but why on Earth have we gone this long in allowing Assad to murder his own people? Now that Obama is in office (I forget sometimes that he's already been there 4 years) and has recognized the opposition - who have already stated their opposition to America because of their inactivity to date - I wonder if this will turn out any different than the debacle in Egypt.

by: IrishBoy123 from: NYC
December 12, 2012 1:18 PM

by: r from: bmore
December 12, 2012 1:10 PM
Russia should be upset. They sound more rational than any other Country right now. The American people need to be more outspoken of this blind support the US is giving this "opposition", that is likely made up of terrorists.
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by: Anonymous
December 13, 2012 11:52 AM
Care to share how much the Russian Government is helping the Syrian people please? Not Assad, I'm talking the Syrian people...

by: Anonymous
December 12, 2012 6:47 AM
Russian Government is completely dumbfounded? That is an insult to the Syrian people. Those people deserve to be backed with any help and not slaughtered by the hands of Assad. This will be the first case and hopefully the last case of Genocide in 2013 and thereafter.

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