S. Lavrov: "Assad’s fate should be decided by the Syrian people"
Russia has warned the Western powers that their call for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is like daydreaming and will only lead to more bloodshed in the Arab state. Iranian Press TV informs about this.
"If the position of our partners remains the departure of this leader who they do not like, the bloodbath will continue," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Paris on Wednesday after holding talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.
“It is like daydreaming to speculate on the subject, to the effect that if the Syrian government is overthrown everything will fall into place,” Lavrov added.
“If this is a priority for somebody, bloodshed will continue,” he stated.
Lavrov added that Assad’s fate should be decided by the Syrian people.
The Russian foreign minister called for efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict, reiterating that there is no military solution to the problem.
He urged the Western states and Turkey to negotiate with the Syrian president.
Clashes in Syria started since March 2011 and last till now. The opposition claims that President Bashar al-Assad must resign and the latter refuses to do it.