Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Assad 311 R.
- Russia accused Western nations of undermining the chances for a
peaceful resolution in Syria on Monday, saying the West was urging
President Bashar Assad's opponents not to seek compromise with the
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's remarks were the
latest sign of support for Assad from Russia, which joined China last
month in vetoing a Western-drafted UN Security Council resolution
condemning his government's eight-month crackdown on protests.
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reiterated Russia's position that opponents of Assad share
responsibility for the violence and should face concerted international
pressure to enter talks with the government, Russian news agencies
"Yes, it's necessary to stop the violence, but these
demands must be addressed both to the authorities and to armed groups
that have mixed in with the Syrian opposition," Interfax quoted Lavrov
Earlier Monday, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said
that the international community would do as much as it could to turn up the pressure on Syria after Assad said he would not bow to pressure
to crack down on protesters.
"We will increase the pressure on the Assad regime. I discussed this with the Secretary of the Arab League yesterday and I believe they will wish to do so at their further meeting tomorrow," he told BBC Radio in an interview.
"The behavior of that regime is appalling and unacceptable and of course we will do what we can to support democracy in Syria in the future."
Assad said on Saturday that military intervention in Syria would “shake
the entire Middle East,” in his first interview with Western media
the start of a popular uprising challenging his authoritarian rule.“The conflict will continue and the pressure to
subjugate Syria will continue. Syria will not bow down,” Assad told Britain’s
Sunday Times newspaper in an interview published late on
Western military intervention, he said, would destabilize an
already unstable Middle East reeling from the fallout of popular uprisings in
the Arab Spring.
Assad attributed widespread reports of torture and abuse
by security forces as “mistakes,” and said he regrets the violence.
UN account, some 3,500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the
“Each spilt drop of blood concerns me personally,” he said,
reiterating the official line that the bloodshed is the result of armed
terrorist activity.Oren Kessler contributed to this report.
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