Friday Feb 10, 201210:38 AM GMT
Russia raps West's escalation of Syrian unrest
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (file photo)
Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:34AM
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The Western states are “accomplices in the process of inflaming the [Syrian] crisis.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has accused the West of being an ‘accomplice’ in the aggravation of the Syrian unrest.


The Western states are "accomplices in the process of inflaming the crisis," he said on Friday and noted that the countries had pushed Syria’s “opposition into violence.”

He further noted that the “opposition's refusal” to enter direct talks with the Syrian government meant it "bears full responsibility for improving the situation."

Earlier on Friday, twin blasts rocked the northern Syria city of Aleppo amid continuing unrest in the Arab state.

The Syrian state television said ‘armed terrorist gangs’ were behind the attacks that left at least 50 civilians and military personnel dead and injured some others.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011.

Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups’ for the violence, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.

Last week, the US tried to pass a resolution against Syria at the United Nations Security Council as means of staging Libya-like military operations against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia and China, however, vetoed the draft resolution.

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