23 October 2012, 11:16

Accusations against Assad is a camouflage for a big geopolitical game - Russia’s Foreign Minister

Accusations against Assad is a camouflage for a big geopolitical game - Russia’s Foreign Minister

Those who accuse the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad of destabilizing the region, are in fact playing a big geopolitical game, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told in an interview to the Rossiiskaya daily newspaper today.

“Syria is now top news. We have a lot to do – both in terms of information and actions – to put an end to the bloodshed there. Unfortunately, such simple-sounding claims, that if it were not for Russia and China, the situation in the region would have already calmed down, have been taken up widely. You know perfectly well how mass media can manipulate public opinion. And you are likely aware of how the Western countries and other states of the region treat the situation around Syria. An extremely simplified interpretation of the situation is now circulating, which, as I am concerned, has its roots in the geopolitical interests of those who stand behind it,” he said.

He also noted that the situation in the region is grave.

Lavrov shared his opinion that the Arab spring is the fruit of George W. Bush’s labor and his Middle East pro-democracy policy.

“What is relevant here is that those calls for changes and democratization were not agreed on with the region’s states,” said Lavrov.

“They have made a horror story out of Assad, so to say. All accusations against him are groundless. In fact they are only a camouflage to cover a big geopolitical game. Another round is playing now, aimed at re-making the Middle East geopolitically. And players are taking pains to secure their geopolitical positions. Besides, when Syria is mentioned, Iran comes to mind. They say it out loud that Iran should be separated from his close ally, Assad. All this is very sad,” he said.

The conflict in Syria has claimed at least 20 thousand people’s lives already.

Voice of Russia

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