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Russia accuses West of distorting Syria deal

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 13:20

Damascus: Russia has accused the West of seeking to distort an agreement for a political transition in Syria, after international peace envoy Kofi Annan said a ceasefire was imperative.

According to News 24, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Geneva accord based on proposals by Annan as an ``important step``, but accused the West for interpreting more in the final statement than what was written on paper.

"These (Geneva) agreements are not there to be interpreted. They mean exactly what is said in the communique and we need to follow the agreements that were made," the report quoted Lavrov as saying.

Lavrov comments came soon after Annan spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi said that a ``shift`` in positions by Russia and its diplomatic ally China at the Geneva talks should not be underestimated.

On Saturday, world powers had agreed to a plan for transition in Syria that did not make a clear call for President Bashar al-Assad to quit, but the West swiftly made clear that it saw no role for Assad in a unity government.


First Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 13:20
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