Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Russia accuses the West of distorting Syria agreement

Russia accused the West on Tuesday of seeking to distort an agreement for a political transition in Syria, after international peace envoy Kofi Annan said a ceasefire was imperative.

Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, hailed the Geneva accord based on proposals by Annan as an "important step" but said that Western capitals had read more into the final statement than what was written on paper.

"These (Geneva) agreements are not there to be interpreted. They mean exactly what is said in the communique and we need to follow the agreements that were made," he said.

His comments came soon after Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesman for Annan, told reporters a "shift" in positions by Russia and its diplomatic ally China at the Geneva talks should not be underestimated. Read More