EURASIA > Russia says US trying to justify terrorism in Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. AP photo

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. AP photo

Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to justify terrorism against the Syrian government and berated Western nations it said had failed to condemn a bomb attack that killed senior security officials.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, referring to what he said were comments by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland indicating such attacks were not surprising, said: "This is a direct justification of terrorism."
"To put it mildly, we don't understand the refusal of our partners to condemn the terrorist attack in Damascus," he said.
He suggested Washington was using the threat of further attacks to push the U.N. Security Council to place international mediator Kofi Annan's peace plan under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter.
Chapter 7 allows the council to authorize actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention, although U.S. officials have said they would prefer the former course of action.
Lavrov said the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, had cited the July 18 bomb attack in Damascus as evidence that the Security Council should not delay further in adopting a Chapter 7 resolution.
"In other words this means 'We will continue to support such terrorist attacks until the Security Council does what we want,'" Lavrov told a news conference after talks with Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis.
"This is a terrible position."
Lavrov criticised Western sanctions on Syria and defended Russia's veto last week of a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have threatened the Syrian authorities with sanctions if they did not halt violence.
He also reiterated Moscow's stance that Assad's departure from power could not be a precondition to a political dialogue aimed at ending the 16-month-old conflict and that Syrians themselves must decide the country's future.
Two rebel Syrian groups claimed responsibility for the bombing that killed Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat, a senior commander and one of the pillars of the Assad clan's rule, as well as Defense Minister Daoud Rajha, intelligence chief Hisham Bekhtyar and veteran army general Hassan Turkmani. 


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Sylvia Walter

7/26/2012 2:31:17 PM

Hypocrisy at its best! It’s so funny the so called ‘militancy’ against US or Turkey is not acceptable but suddenly it becomes well and good and all natural and acceptable if such elements are fighting against say other governments i.e. Syria etc! What a hypocritical stance is that? Where ever it is.. Terrorism in whatever shape or form - should be completely denounced.

Mark Tak

7/25/2012 11:19:40 PM

OHH Russia yes? what Russia? sir why are you in Cyprus? to make sure all Russian Mafia money deposited in Greek Cyprus banks are safe ans sound?and what about the S300 missels you wanted to put on the Island few years back until Turks objected to it,or a former PKK supporter Russia?what is your plan? Russia which host military basses in Armenia today and betrayes Azeri Turks? putting Armenian in the middle like a black cat, Russia who balckmails Turkey econimically every time doesnt get his way?

Tekion Particle

7/25/2012 9:09:23 PM

Mr Lavrov you must be joking!..Serving a dictator yourself I am not at all surprised you are defending a dictator in Syria. Oh, you make your opponents/critics disappear or have them shot then promise an investigation then nothing happens. How many people have you arrested and convicted for the murder of prominent journalists that have got assassinated in Russia. Educated guess, none. If you arrested anyone they might have revealed the true identity of the kill-master who authorized it.

ilker avni

7/25/2012 6:50:16 PM

@Daniel Dravot Well put.To Russia the torture of civillians is not a cause for concern,thay acted the same, when Serbia was slaughtering Bosnian muslims. For Russia its about they pride of loseing a dictator frend, who buys they weapons to kill its citizens.Russia has lost credablity in the eyes of the world and cannot be trusted.

Nikos T.

7/25/2012 5:29:08 PM

Torture? Murder? Own citizens? You 've got it all wrong on this Daniel.

Tayyar Abi

7/25/2012 4:57:18 PM

What do the Russians call backing the Assad regieme and their inhumane torture and murder of their own citizens? The Russians have made an art form of lies and deciet for 200 years at least. They never will change.
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