Russia accuses US of encouraging Syria extremists

Channel News Asia
Friday 1st March, 2013

MOSCOW: Russia said Friday that decisions made at a Friends of Syria meeting in Rome this week, which saw the United States pledge direct aid to Syrian rebels, encouraged “extremists” who want to seize power by force.”The decisions made in Rome as well as the statements, both in letter and spirit, give direct encouragement to extremists to take power by force, despite the unavoidable suffering of ordinary Syrians,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.At the meeting with the opposition National Coalition on Thursday, the United States announced that it would for the first time provide dire…

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