Syria: “Friends of Syria” encourages extremists

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March 1, 2013

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Friday that the promises of aid to the Syrian opposition made by the US and other countries in the meeting of the so-called "Friends of Syria" in Rome will encourage further violence rather than a negotiated solution. 

"The decisions taken in Rome...directly encourage extremists towards precisely a violent seizure of power, despite the suffering of ordinary Syrians," Lukashevich said.

Lukashevich's remarks came a day after "Friends of Syria" group decided to increase political and material support for the foreign-backed militants operating in Syria after a meeting in the Italian capital.

US Secretary of State John Kerry promised an additional USD60 million in aid to the opposition Syrian National Coalition headed by Moaz al-Khatib.

Kerry also said the Washington would provide direct support to militant forces in the form of medical and food supplies. 

The US secretary of state said the decision was aimed at increasing the pressure on Syrian President Assad to step down. 

After the meeting, the European Union also announced changes to its arms embargo on Syria, allowing EU states to provide armored vehicles and technical aid to the militants fighting against the Syrian government. 



As a reminder: Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

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