Moscow dismisses Clinton's criticism for blockading progress in Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has described as incorrect U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remark lambasting Russia and China for obstructing other countries' efforts to stabilize the situation in Syria by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

"The statement is incorrect. We have heard this more than once in the past as well, but what is most alarming is that such statements go against the final document of the Geneva meeting, which was approved with the U.S. secretary of state's participation, among others. This document stipulates that all external players should facilitate the normalization of a political process in Syria and affect all Syrian parties, both the government and the opposition," Gatilov told Interfax on Friday.

Clinton urged Russia and China to "get off the sidelines" and stop "standing up on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime" at a meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People in Paris on Friday.

"The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price, because they are holding up progress - blockading it - that is no longer tolerable," Clinton said.

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