MOSCOW, June 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the West’s “double standards” in dealing with foreign regimes it has branded as dictatorial, and defended Russia’s arms contracts with Syria.
Speaking in a recent interview with America's CBS network released on Monday evening, Lavrov said the West had a policy of double standards in approaching foreign regimes, particularly in the current Syrian conflict between the government and rebel forces.
“You either deny terrorists any acceptance in international life, or you make your double standard policy work the way it has been working - 'I don't like that guy in this country, so we will be calling him a dictator and topple him. This guy in another country is also dictatorial, but he's our dictator,'" Lavrov said.
When asked about Russia’s supply of weapons to the Syrian government, Lavrov reiterated the Kremlin’s position that Moscow is committed to fulfilling contracts with Syria for defensive weapons.
“I don't think you can perpetrate war crimes with defensive weapons, with air defense systems,” Lavrov said in the interview.
When asked by a CBS reporter about a list of small arms and ammunition in "a request from a Syrian army general to a Russian arms supplier" in March of this year, including 200,000 mortar rounds and grenade launchers, Lavrov said he had not seen such request yet.
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- bielecGood14:41, 11/06/2013It's not just "our dictator" or "their dictator". It is also the "their terrorists" or "our terrorists" hypocrisy that shows a tremendous double standard in Western policies.
The West and their allies use terrorism to achieve political goals and this is an unacceptable crime in itself. What Hillary Clinton used to call "smart politics" was aimed at causing civilian casualties and turned out to be a war crime, crime against peace, and crime against humanity - on top of being a blatant and obvious lie.
The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.