Russia criticizes US recognition of Syrian opposition group

By REUTERS
December 12, 2012 10:43

MOSCOW - Russia expressed surprise on Wednesday over US recognition of a Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and said it contradicted efforts to seek political transition in the Middle Eastern nation.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Washington's recognition of the Syrian National Coalition suggested the United States has "placed all bets on the armed victory" of the coalition over the government of President Bashar Assad.


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