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Russia: Lavrov - Syrian opposition are trying to sanction intervention01:11

Russia: Lavrov - Syrian opposition are trying to sanction intervention

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 30, 2013 at 08:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Lavrov - Syrian opposition are trying to sanction intervention

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met with visiting Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, on May 29 in Moscow. During the meeting, Lavrov suggested militant groups fighting the government in Syria are hindering efforts to find a political solution to the crisis, and have been uncooperative in their terms in order for peace talks to go ahead.

"It seems that Syria's National Coalition and its regional sponsors are doing everything they can to prevent the political process," said Lavrov. "They use all available methods to achieve that, including manipulation of the public opinion in the West."

Lavrov and Rodriguez also stressed the common interests of Russia and Cuba while emphasising the intention of both countries to strengthen their ties. Cuba was a key Russian ally throughout much of the latter half of the twentieth century. In February, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Cuban capital of Havana, signing agreements on education, health, hydrometeorology, aeronautics and space technology. Cuba maintains both an embassy in Moscow and an honorary consulate in St. Petersburg.

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Russia: Lavrov - Syrian opposition are trying to sanction intervention

Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met with visiting Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, on May 29 in Moscow. During the meeting, Lavrov suggested militant groups fighting the government in Syria are hindering efforts to find a political solution to the crisis, and have been uncooperative in their terms in order for peace talks to go ahead.

"It seems that Syria's National Coalition and its regional sponsors are doing everything they can to prevent the political process," said Lavrov. "They use all available methods to achieve that, including manipulation of the public opinion in the West."

Lavrov and Rodriguez also stressed the common interests of Russia and Cuba while emphasising the intention of both countries to strengthen their ties. Cuba was a key Russian ally throughout much of the latter half of the twentieth century. In February, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Cuban capital of Havana, signing agreements on education, health, hydrometeorology, aeronautics and space technology. Cuba maintains both an embassy in Moscow and an honorary consulate in St. Petersburg.