London: Russia has warned that Syria could descend into ‘bloody chaos’ if a proposal from UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to set up a transitional government in the country fails.
Brahimi, the international Syrian peace envoy, challenged all sides in the conflict to work together to pave the way for democratic elections and sideline President Bashar al-Assad.
His proposal received strong backing from Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister who said negotiations were the only way to end the fighting.
According to the Telegraph, Lavrov pointed out that the alternative to a peaceful solution is bloody chaos.
He said that ‘the longer it continues, the greater its scale, and the worse things get for all.’
According to the paper, Moscow has engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity to promote power-sharing and its view that the conflict does not have a military solution.
Lavrov recently met with Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister and Assad`s cousin, to press Damascus to co-operate with Brahimi.
Western diplomats remain doubtful of the shift in Russia``s stance, the paper said.