Russia condemns EU sanctions against Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned Saturday sanctions imposed on Syria by the European Union, saying they “will lead to nothing good.”

“We have always said that unilateral sanctions will lead to nothing good. This ruins the partnership approach to any crisis,” Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of a summit of ex-Soviet states in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

“We are against unilateral sanctions.”

The EU decided to impose sanctions on Syrian oil exports on Friday, saying President Bashar al-Assad was massacring his own countrymen.

“President Assad is carrying out massacres in his own country,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in the Polish resort of Sopot where EU foreign ministers had met to set out their response to Assad’s military crackdown on five months of protests against his 11-year rule.

“The whole international community is urging him to relinquish power.”

A U.S. and European push to impose U.N. Security Council sanctions on Syria had met fierce resistance from Russia and China.

Russia has long had close ties with Syria and is one of its main arms supplirs. One of the proposed sanctions is an arms embargo that would make it illegal for Russian firms to sell weapons to Damascus.

Reuters

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19 responses to “Russia condemns EU sanctions against Syria”

  1. Leave it to some of the worlds most prolific murdering countries to be against sanctions.. I’m sure buddy China is too. Bet they try for 1st in line for contracts when the dentist butcher falls

  2. Leave it to some of the worlds most prolific murdering countries to be against sanctions.. I’m sure buddy China is too. Bet they try for 1st in line for contracts when the dentist butcher falls

  3. Leave it to some of the worlds most prolific murdering countries to be against sanctions.. I’m sure buddy China is too. Bet they try for 1st in line for contracts when the dentist butcher falls

  4. Leave it to some of the worlds most prolific murdering countries to be against sanctions.. I’m sure buddy China is too. Bet they try for 1st in line for contracts when the dentist butcher falls

  5. Patience2 Avatar

    Here Russia sees a mirror of itself.  What else do you expect them to say, if anything at all??  So they say “..will lead to nothing good…”, except of course freedom for the people(if used wisely), do you see them endorsing this in Syria and THEN looking inward at their OWN people?

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    Here Russia sees a mirror of itself.  What else do you expect them to say, if anything at all??  So they say “..will lead to nothing good…”, except of course freedom for the people(if used wisely), do you see them endorsing this in Syria and THEN looking inward at their OWN people?

  7. Russia should condemn the brutal crackdown ,the killing of people and children not the sanctions!!!

    1. Russia is not your friend, and they killed upwards of 80 million in the 1900’s

      1. shankarees Avatar

        Russia is run by gangs.

        1. Russia is run by the Russian mafia and former kgb.

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    Russia should condemn the brutal crackdown ,the killing of people and children not the sanctions!!!

    1. Russia is not your friend, and they killed upwards of 80 million in the 1900’s

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        Russia is run by gangs.

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          Russia is run by the Russian mafia and former kgb.

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    Russia should condemn the brutal crackdown ,the killing of people and children not the sanctions!!!

  10. Ayreh b’ Russia

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    Ayreh b’ Russia

  12. It is disadvantageous for Russia to condon the embargo that the EU had imposed on Syria. The weapon sales copmosed a great percentage of its economy, especially when it lost the contract with Lybia, and now Syria’s unavoidable government collaps. According to Reuters, Syria is one of Russia’s defense industies best clients. It would be interesting in the weeks to come how things would play, God forbid more Syrian lives that is going to be lost. Bashar is a criminal, and it is imperative for him to be prosecuted in the ICC and gets the death penaly, nothing less!!!

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    It is disadvantageous for Russia to condon the embargo that the EU had imposed on Syria. The weapon sales copmosed a great percentage of its economy, especially when it lost the contract with Lybia, and now Syria’s unavoidable government collaps. According to Reuters, Syria is one of Russia’s defense industies best clients. It would be interesting in the weeks to come how things would play, God forbid more Syrian lives that is going to be lost. Bashar is a criminal, and it is imperative for him to be prosecuted in the ICC and gets the death penaly, nothing less!!!

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