Russia Raps US Decision To Recognize Syria Opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russia raps US decision to recognize Syria opposition (PressTv, Dec 12, 2012):

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is “surprised” that the US will recognize the so-called National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

“I was somewhat surprised to find out” about the recognition announcement, Lavrov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying on Wednesday.

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Russia Warns West Over Syria After Obama Threats

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Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats (Reuters, Aug 21, 2012):

Russia warned the West on Tuesday against unilateral action on Syria, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama threatened “enormous consequences” if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking after meeting China’s top diplomat, said Moscow and Beijing were committed to “the need to strictly adhere to the norms of international law … and not to allow their violation”.

The remarks were a reminder of the divisions hampering efforts to end the 17-month old conflict that increasingly sets a mainly Sunni Muslim opposition against President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority.

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US ‘Tells Russia To Warn Iran Of Last Chance’

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US ‘tells Russia to warn Iran of last chance’ (Telegraph, Mar 14, 2012):

US-led military strikes against Iran are inevitable this year if Tehran does not give ground at multilateral talks next month over its nuclear programme, according to diplomatic sources in Moscow.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has asked Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov to warn Iran the negotiations represent a “last chance” to avoid military action, the Kommersant newspaper reported.

“Hillary Clinton asked her Russian colleague to pass that thought on to the Iranian authorities, with whom Washington does not maintain its own relations,” a high-ranking foreign ministry source told the paper.

The source said there was a high likelihood of an attack “before the end of the year”, adding: “The Israelis are, in essence, blackmailing [US president Barack] Obama. They are putting him in a difficult position: either he supports war or he himself will lose support.”