Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has hit back at the West for criticism leveled at Moscow over its stance on Syria, saying efforts to promote democracy with ‘iron and blood’ are counterproductive.
“Attempts to export a specific political system to other countries could encourage extremists and delay democratic changes,” Lavrov said in a meeting of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy on Saturday.
The remarks came in direct response to recent Western criticism of Russia’s opposition to military intervention in Syria.
The Russian foreign minister also warned about dire consequences of any military action like the “Libyan model” in Syria.
“The matter is that the method of promoting democracy by saber-rattling doesn’t work. We’ve witnessed it over and over again, in the last few days and in the past few months.”
Russia and China have been advocating political dialogue and a peaceful resolution of the turmoil in Syria through the participation of Syrians as the sole decision-makers for their destiny.
The two UN Security Council member states vetoed a UN draft resolution against the Syrian government in July.
On February 4, Russia and China also vetoed a Western-backed draft resolution on Syria at the Council. The two countries rejected the draft as “unbalanced.”
In addition, Moscow and Beijing voted against a European-drafted Security Council resolution against Syria on October 5, 2011.