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Russia slams US for recognising Syrian opposition

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 14:52

Moscow: Russia has criticised Washington`s decision to recognise Syria`s main opposition group as the country`s legitimate representative saying the move is a violation of earlier accords.

President Barack Obama said yesterday that the newly-formed Syrian Opposition Council "is now inclusive enough" to be granted the elevated status and deemed his move "a big step" in the international diplomatic efforts to end Syrian President Bashar Assad`s embattled regime.

Recognition of the council as the sole representative of Syria`s diverse population brings the US in line with Britain, France and several of America`s Arab allies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today that the recognition contradicted earlier international agreements that foresee the "commencement of an all-Syria dialogue" that would include all sides of the conflict that killed more than 40,000 people.


First Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 14:52
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