Russia: West firing up Syrian opposition
23 August 2012, 08:28
Moscow - Russia says Western powers are "openly
instigating" Syrian opposition groups to take up arms in their fight to
unseat President Bashar Assad.
Moscow has been Syria's key
protector throughout the 17-month uprising that evolved into a
full-blown civil war, shielding Assad's regime from international
sanctions and providing it with weapons despite an international outcry.
Foreign Ministry claimed on Wednesday that the West "has done nothing"
to urge Assad's opponents to start a dialogue with his government. It
claimed that the "pharisaical" Western approach to the Syrian civil war
does not help resolve the conflict that has killed an estimated 19 000
The Kremlin, backed by fellow veto-wielding UN Security
Council member China, has blocked any plans that would call on Assad to