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article imageRussia criticises hysteria over Syria veto

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 6, 2012 in World
Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who will be meeting Syrian President Basha al-Assad on Tuesday, has described international reaction to the Russian veto on the UN Syria proposal as hysterical.
Russia has reacted to international condemnation over its veto of the UN proposal on Syria, by denouncing the criticism as hysterical. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “Some comments from the West on the UN Security Council vote, I would say, are indecent and bordering on hysteria," Alarabiya reported.
Russia has stated that it is wrong to only condemn the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for the ongoing violence in Syria as it maintains the UN proposed resolution should have also included the opposition. Lavrov continued “In Syria there is more than one source of violence. There are several there." He expressed his disappointment that other member states had not been willing to postpone the vote until further discussions had taken place.
Two countries are however refusing to take the veto lying down. Flexing their European muscles, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have said they will not accept the blocking of the UN proposal, according to Naharnet. President Sarkozy said "Germany and France will not abandon the Syrian people. What is happening is a scandal. We are not ready to accept indecision or the blocking of the international community." He said the French Foreign Minister will be discussing the matter with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Adding weight to Sarkozy's voice, Chancellor Merkel stated "We are not only disappointed but appalled that the United Nations resolution was not adopted. Russia must truly consider whether it is weighing the consequences of these decisions and whether it wants to have a policy in contradiction with the Arab League." Neither of the two European leaders referred to the Chinese veto, limiting their comments to the Russian position.
The Kyiv Post reports that Lavrov will be travelling to Damascus on Tuesday for talks with the Syrian President.
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