US, EU and Arab officials meeting in Rome as the Friends of Syria Group© REUTERS/ Jacquelyn Martin/Pool
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MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - A resolution adopted by the Friends of Syria Group in Rome on Thursday encourages extremists there to seize power by force, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.
US, EU and Arab officials who met in Rome on Thursday pledged more assistance to the Syrian opposition fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, recognizing the National Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
“There is a general understanding within the international community that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis,” Lukashevich said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
“Meanwhile, judging by incoming reports, the decisions made in Rome, as well as the statements that were made there, both in letter and in spirit encourage extremists to seize power by force, regardless of the inevitable suffering of ordinary Syrians.” He did not elaborate.
The Rome statement praised the opposition National Coalition for its reform efforts, urged Assad's regime to end “indiscriminate bombardments against populated areas,” and deplored “the unabated arms supply to the regime by third countries.”
The US pledged $60 million in “non-lethal” assistance for the Syrian political opposition.
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the US would send the Syrian opposition an additional $60 million in non-lethal aid, but still refuses to supply the weapons and sophisticated military supplies the rebels have said they need.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow’s position on Syria stems from its concern for the Syrian people, and not the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States has called for Assad to step down, but Russia says it is concerned that the Syrian president’s forced departure would make the conflict worse.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said last Tuesday foreign military supplies to Syria’s armed opposition have been growing. He reiterated Russia’s official position that Moscow will not carry out fresh arms deliveries to the Syrian government, but is only supplying arms and military equipment under contracts signed before the civil war, which has claimed some 70,000 lives according to the latest UN estimates.
Last Monday, Lavrov denied Moscow had tried to smuggle arms components into Syria via Finland, and said there are no Russian troops in Syria apart from several dozen technical staff at the Tartus naval support facility. Russia’s state-run arms dealer Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday it is supplying air-defense missile systems and maintenance and servicing equipment to Syria, but not combat aircraft.
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- tec123Time to wake up Russia...17:45, 01/03/2013Well what is Russia doing just sitting around?
THEY KEEP TELLING RUSSIA THE WAR MUST DONE BUT THEY KEEP SUPPLYING THE GUNS!
- Mikhail1228Money for Terrorist Mercenaries19:08, 01/03/2013The US national debt is twenty times higher than is officially reported, approaching $222 trillion, and today's children could soon be paying their parent's debts, reputed American economist Laurence Kotlikoff says. As old people die because they cannot afford heating bills, as former students struggle to pay off massive student loans, as government programs get cut, the US is still shelling out billions to foreign governments and terrorists. Kerry announced today 60 million in aid going to the so-called Syrian rebels. Some 80% of these so-called Syrian rebels are not even Syrian. They are foreign mercenaries paid for by the West to topple Assad. Some 20% of these have direct links to Al Qaeda. Of course the US news does not want to call them what they really are, "Terrorists" as the terrorists are instrumental in regime change. A few weeks ago John McCain announced 498 million in US foreign aid going to prop up Egypt’s ailing economy. What about our economy. What about our people? What about our country? Just think about this, really think hard. The nightly news is all about sequestration, yet we can give trillions to foreign governments. Think about 498 million to Egypt’s Muslim brotherhood, the billions we give our friends in Pakistan and now 60 million going to mercenaries to topple Assad and implement regime change.
- bielecWill the corruption, the crimes, and the lies finally end?19:08, 01/03/2013Here, you can see how "grassroots" and authentic the Syrian revolution really is.
This poor guy in the middle is being used by all the other crooks and vultures encouraging him to deliver his country into their greedy hands.
Or, more correctly, he is their paid agent, their soldier on the ground doing the dirty work for them. You can always find people who will sell their own country for their own profit and career. They are called traitors. What a shame!
Any anti-ISIL operation in Iraq cannot be effective unless the Islamic State is attacked in Syria. But the final statement of the Paris Conference did not mention Syria as a precaution against disunity in the coalition and with due regard for the Russian position. Professor of the Chair of Modern East Department of History, Political Science and Law in RSUH