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US and Russia clash over Syria at UN

03-13-2012 07:40 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The United States, backed by France and the UK, clashed with Russia over the Syrian crisis at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday.

The two countries gave differing opinions on terminology and where the blame for the crisis lies. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council to speak with one voice in order to help the people of Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a Security Council meeting
at United Nations headquarters, Monday, March 12, 2012.

But US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there could be no comparison between what she called the "premeditated murders" carried out by Assad’s "military machine" and civilians under siege driven to self-defense.

But Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke out against the use of economic sanctions and warned of the consequences of supporting either side in the conflict.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: "We should draw serious conclusions regarding the situation in Syria. It remains a cause of grave concern for Russia and the whole of the international community. Making hasty demands for regime change, imposing unilateral sanctions designed to trigger economic difficulties and social tensions, inducing the opposition to continue its confrontation with the authorities instead of promoting dialogue, making calls in support of armed confrontation and even foreign military intervention -- all of the above are risky strategies of geo-political engineering that can only result in the spread of conflict."

(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pose for a photograph at the U.N.
headquarters in New York March 12, 2012.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks following a Security Council meeting
regarding the current situation in the Middle East at UN Headquarters in New York
March 12, 2012.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
(2nd L) sit down to speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) during a
bilateral meeting regarding the current situation in the Middle East at the UN
Headquarters in New York March 12, 2012.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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