MOSCOW/ NEW YORK, Dec 14, 2011 (SANA) - Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, renewed on Tuesday his country’s rejection of using the language of ultimatums in dealing with Syria by the Arab League (AL).
Lavrov stressed that dialogue is the only way to reach a solution to the situation in Syria.
At a press conference with his Algerian counterpart, Murad Medelci, in Moscow, Lavrov pointed out that the armed groups in Homs province are bombarding military units, government buildings and hospitals in the city to create a human catastrophe and make a pretext for foreign interference.
He stressed his country’s rejection of any sanctions against Syria, clarifying that sanctions would give opposite results.
Lavrov said that his country is ready to send observers to Syria, pointing out to the possibility of sending observers from the BRICS countries.
In the same context, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, stressed that the Western countries are adopting incorrect stances regarding finding solution to the Syrian crisis as they are hindering internal dialogue in Syria.
During a UN Security Council session dedicated to discuss the situation in Syria, Churkin warned against the dangerous stances of the Western countries which seek to “change the regime” in Syria and hinder holding dialogue between Syria and the AL.
He pointed out that the tragic developments in Syria in the past few months caused deep concern inside the UN Security Council.
It’s worth mentioning that Russia presides the Security Council during the current month.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia: We will not pass any Resolution that includes Using Force against Syria
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Gennady Gatilov underlined that his country will not pass any new resolution against Syria whether it will directly or indirectly refer to any possibility of using force or military intervention, saying “Russia doesn’t see any bases to refer the Syrian issue to the International Criminal Court.”
“Russia’s stance on the draft resolution prepared by the Western countries against Syria is well known… Russia considers this draft resolution as unbalanced and includes unilateral accusations against the Syrian authorities, it takes no consideration the destructive acts of the armed opposition,” Gatilov said in a statement.
He added that Russia sees the evaluation of the Higher Commission of the Human Rights submitted to the UN Security Council as expressing a personal viewpoint because “We have no confidence in the existence of evidence on the information presented, they were based on emotional evaluations.”
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