28-07-12

Russia Will Not Take Part in EU Sanctions on Damascus

MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed on Saturday that the West and some Arab states are encouraging the Syrian opposition to fight against the Syrian Government.

At a press conference in Sochi, Lavrov said that the UN Human Rights Council has offered evidence confirming that the armed groups and the opposition are practicing execution and torture, adding that therefore "pressure must be put on everyone."

"Unfortunately, our Western partners prefer to do something a bit different and essentially, along with some countries neighboring Syria, encourage, support and direct the armed fight against the regime," he said.

"The price of all this is still more blood," he added.

Lavrov stressed that all sides have to implement the agreements reached by the Action Group on Syria,which held its meeting in Geneva last June, underscoring the necessity of implementing these agreements to halt violence immediately.

He said that it is unrealistic to expect the Syrian Government to do nothing while the armed groups exist in the major cities.

"How can one expect that the Syrian government will say, 'Yes, go ahead, overthrow me,'" the Russian Foreign Minister wondered.

Lavrov said Russia was calling on the Syrian government to "take the first steps", adding that the armed opposition should not take advantage of any such government actions "by occupying cities".

Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia Won't Take Part in Implementing EU Sanctions on Syria

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed on Saturday that Russia will not take any part in the measures to implement the EU decisions against Syria and will not agree to searching the vessels sailing to Syria under the Russian flag.

The Ministry Spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich,  said in a statement that the European Union Council took a decision on July 23rd to implement the 17th round of sanctions against Syria, stressing Russia's opposition to unilateral sanctions on Syria as it considers them  violations of other countries' sovereignty and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs.

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