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Russia: Syria's Deputy Prime Minister responds to Hague's remarks01:43

Russia: Syria's Deputy Prime Minister responds to Hague's remarks

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 16, 2013 at 15:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Syria's Deputy Prime Minister responds to Hague's remarks

The Russian Foreign Ministry has been holding talks in Moscow with key figures of the Syrian government and opposition since Monday.

Both the Deputy Prime Minister of Syria and leader of the People's Will party, Qadri Jamil, and Ali Haidar, Syria's Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs, have been talking in Moscow.

Jamil was very critical of Britain and France's stance on the European Union arms embargo, with both countries wanting the restrictions on Syria to ease before its' deadline at the end of May this year.

Britain will try to end the European Union arms embargo against Syria next month so weapons can be supplied to rebels in the country, William Hague announced yesterday.

In response to Hague's statement, Jamil said on Tuesday: "Both France and Britain have recently made a negative contribution to this. But the question is not about who gives them arms, it's about who pays for them. And it's neither Britain nor France."

The aim of the meetings in Moscow was to develop peace talks over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria and were scheduled one month after Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said there would be no chance of Moscow telling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down as leader.

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Russia: Syria's Deputy Prime Minister responds to Hague's remarks

The Russian Foreign Ministry has been holding talks in Moscow with key figures of the Syrian government and opposition since Monday.

Both the Deputy Prime Minister of Syria and leader of the People's Will party, Qadri Jamil, and Ali Haidar, Syria's Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs, have been talking in Moscow.

Jamil was very critical of Britain and France's stance on the European Union arms embargo, with both countries wanting the restrictions on Syria to ease before its' deadline at the end of May this year.

Britain will try to end the European Union arms embargo against Syria next month so weapons can be supplied to rebels in the country, William Hague announced yesterday.

In response to Hague's statement, Jamil said on Tuesday: "Both France and Britain have recently made a negative contribution to this. But the question is not about who gives them arms, it's about who pays for them. And it's neither Britain nor France."

The aim of the meetings in Moscow was to develop peace talks over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria and were scheduled one month after Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said there would be no chance of Moscow telling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down as leader.