News / Middle East

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)
x
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.

You May Like

Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?

Dynamic and debonair opposition leader had supported liberal economic reforms, criticized Russian president's aggression in Ukraine More

Oil Smuggling Highlights Challenges in Shutting Down IS Finances

Pentagon spokesman says Islamic State 'certainly continues to get revenue from the oil industry black market' but that airstrikes have made a dent More

India Focuses on Infrastructure, Investment to Propel Economy

Government expects economy to grow at 8 to 8.5 percent in next fiscal year More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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.
In Response

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.
In Response

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
WHO CARES!!!!!

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.
In Response

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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More