Russia says West reneging on Syria deal

By REUTERS
August 15, 2012 19:25

MINSK - Russia accused the West on Wednesday of reneging on an agreement to establish a transitional government in Syria and of prolonging the bloodshed by encouraging the rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said an agreement made by world powers and the then-peace envoy Kofi Annan in Geneva on June 30 was still valid and urged the West to do more to put it into practice.

"We remain convinced that what was achieved in Geneva should not be sabotaged. We will be demanding in the next few days a clear answer from our partners on whether they confirm what they signed in Geneva," Lavrov said.

"And if so, then why don't they take any measures to execute that plan?" he told a news conference in the Belarus capital Minsk.


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