Since Russia and China are gambling on the side of shia Assad, let the
Arab worlds go against Russia and China. Let the Syrians kick out
russia once and for all.
You may say that it will anger Russia, but Russian is already
supplying arms to Assadm weapons that are used to kill innocent
Syrians. NOthing more to lose in declaring open hostility towards
Russia. At least Russian should know of the consequences of supporting
murderers. Russia, China and Iran wil pay a high price for killing
Russia pushes for big Syria meeting, not sanctions
MOSCOW: Russia amplified its call for an international meeting on
Syria on Saturday, saying sanctions or military intervention would
"only aggravate the already difficult atmosphere".
"Our logic is that it is not necessary now to apply additional
pressure, to introduce sanctions or use the threat of force," Deputy
Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency.
Eager to maintain its firmest Middle East foothold and stop the West
pushing governments from power, Russia has used its U.N. Security
Council veto and other tools to protect President Bashar al-Assad from
coordinated condemnation and sanctions.
Two reported massacres in Syria in as many weeks have deepened doubts
a U.N.-backed peace plan can work and prompted some Western states to
"Introducing restrictive or forceful measures clearly will not foster
(peace) and will only aggravate the already difficult atmosphere,"
Gatilov was quoted as saying.
Russia says a better way to make the peace plan work is to hold a
meeting of nations and groups with influence on Assad's government or
its foes, a proposal Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on
Lavrov was to hold a news conference later on Saturday about the
initiative which has already run into a snag in the form of U.S.
opposition to include Iran.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that it was
"hard to imagine inviting a country that is stage-managing the Assad
regime's assault on its people."
Gatilov said Iran had a "full right" to participate and that its
influence on Syria meant it could play a "constructive role in seeking
ways to resolve the Syrian conflict."
Gatilov said there was no "fundamental difference" between Russia's
initiative and a proposal Annan has floated for a "contact group" on
Syria that would also include Iran as well as other regional players.
Russia says it is not out to protect Assad but that his fate is up to
Syrians themselves, not foreign countries or the U.N. Security
Council, and that his exit cannot be a precondition for a political
process in Syria.
Russia and China have twice vetoed Western-backed Security Council
resolutions critical of Syria, whose security forces have killed at
least 10,000 people, by a U.N. count, while losing more than 2,600 of
their own, according to Damascus.
One of the resolutions they blocked, in February, would have backed an
Arab League call for Assad to cede power.
Analysts say that if Moscow were to help engineer Assad's exit it
would hope to retain influence in Syria.
Assad's government has bought billions of dollars worth of Russian
weapons and hosts a Mediterranean logistical facility that is Russia's
only permanent warm-water naval port outside the former Soviet Union.