UPDATE 2-Russia accuses US of double standards over Syria

General Sources
Friday 22nd February, 2013

* Russia criticises US over response to Syria car bomb * Russia backs Assad, Washington blames him over conflict (Recasts, adds quotes, analyst comment) MOSCOW, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States on Friday of having double standards on Syria, saying it had blocked a U.N. Security Council statement condemning a car bomb attack in Damascus. Washington denied it had blocked the statement and said it had only asked for balance. The disagreement was likely to sour the atmosphere before Lavrov meets newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Stat…

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