On Thursday, Moscow lashed out at the Western position on Syria, saying it could aggravate the situation to the point of war. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “The West’s position is most likely to exacerbate the situation, lead to further violence and ultimately a very big war”. He also pointed up that the West has also distorted the Russian position on Syria by suggesting Moscow should offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asylum, saying, “This is either an unscrupulous attempt to mislead serious people who shape foreign policy, or simply a misunderstanding of what’s going on”. He also warned that Russia would reject any UN Security Council peace enforcement resolution on Syria, since that would be “nothing but intervention”. The minister also said representatives of the Syrian opposition would visit Moscow next week. On Wednesday, Moscow urged Syrian opposition groups to unite to find a peaceful solution to the present crisis.
5 July 2012