West is trying to aggravate situation to change regime in Syria - Lavrov

By insisting on the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria the West is trying to aggravate the situation and create conditions for the change of the regime in that country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes.

"The resolution our Western partners and some other of our colleagues speak of, is devised by them with one sole purpose: to aggravate the situation and create conditions for the change of the regime," he said at a press conference in Cairo following his meeting with LAS Secretary General Nabil ElAraby and UN/LAS special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

That was his answer to the question whether Russia is ready to support the UN Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire in Syria.

"Actually no resolution is needed to honestly fulfill the Geneva understandings," Lavrov said.

"What I said is required - that everyone would tell all the fighting sides in Syria to stop," he said.

"If the main priority is the change of the regime, even more blood will be shed and this does not depend on Russia in any way. If the priority is to save lives, no resolutions are needed. We haven't even tried to implement the Geneva resolution yet," he said.

"All this can be done by the U.S., EU, LAS, Turkey, Russia, China. We were all parties to the Geneva understandings. But why are we speaking of different things? Russia is saying one and the same thing: "Stop shooting, sit down to the negotiating table." Some others are saying: "Go on shooting, the regime will fall, we promise you that." No resolutions can help here," he summed up.

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