Biden to meet Russian FM, Syrian opposition leader

Updated 01 February 2013
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Biden to meet Russian FM, Syrian opposition leader

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the carnage in Syria in meetings tomorrow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian opposition chief Moaz Al-Khatib, the White House said.
Biden will hold the meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday afternoon, on a trip that will also include talks with the leaders of Germany, France and Britain.
His meetings on Syria come as fears mount that the vicious sectarian war could spill over into other countries, and after an Israeli raid on targets variously described as a military research center and a weapons convoy.
“Syria should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hezbollah,” said Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor.
Officials said that Biden, in his meetings in Munich would discuss getting more humanitarian aid into Syria where 60,000 people have now been killed in violence which sparked a refugee crisis.
Biden will also discuss the political way forward, and ask Russia for a acknowledgement that the Assad regime must fall.
Washington has denounced Russia’s opposition to United Security Council efforts to reach a global consensus on the need for Assad to leave.


Russia says no decision made yet on delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria

Updated 23 April 2018
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Russia says no decision made yet on delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria

  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says no decision has been made on missiles
  • Advanced S-300 missile systems were rumored to be delivered to ally Bashar Assad

Moscow: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.
Russia’s daily Kommersant newspaper, citing unnamed military sources, reported earlier on Monday that Russia might start supplying the anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future. The Kremlin declined to comment.
Lavrov said on Friday that Western military strikes on Syria this month had removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold the missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We’ll have to wait to see what specific decisions the Russian leadership and representatives of Syria will take,” TASS cited Lavrov as saying on Monday during a visit to Beijing.
“There is probably no secret about this and it can all be announced (if a decision is taken),” added Lavrov.
Kommersant said on Monday that experts believed that Israel would react negatively to any decision to supply the missiles and might bomb the area where they would be deployed.
A Russian diplomat who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said Israel has asked Moscow not to supply the Syrian military with the S-300s. An Israeli government spokesman declined comment.