Friday, June 7, 2013

Moscow Slams Western Support for Syria Opposition

MOSCOW, June 7 (RIA Novosti) - Western support for Syria’s armed opposition will only fuel violence in the war-torn country, Russia’s foreign minister insisted on Friday.

“We are disturbed by statements coming from leaders of the so-called Free Syrian Army as well as from some US representatives, to the effect that support for the armed opposition will continue in order to restore the military balance on the ground,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “That is a road to nowhere.”

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia was disappointed by the European Union’s decision last week to end the embargo on arms supplies to Syria.

Supplying arms to the opposition is a continuation of “the vicious circle of violence,” Lavrov said.