Russia's Medvedev criticizes France for backing Syrian rebels

By REUTERS
November 26, 2012 07:45

 
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MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking before a visit to Paris on Monday, criticized France's support for the Syrian opposition and accused European Union leaders of indecisiveness in dealing with the region's economic crisis.

France became the first European power to recognize Syria's new opposition coalition as the sole representative of its people and said on November 13 it would look into arming rebels against President Bashar Assad once they formed a government.

Medvedev, who stepped down as president in May to make way for Vladimir Putin, said such a decision was "unacceptable".

"The desire to change a political regime in another state through recognition of some political force as the sole sovereign representative seems to me not entirely civilized," Medvedev told French journalists in an interview cleared for publication on Monday.

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