The attempts of some countries to decide who is going to lead Syria are impermissible, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes.
"Contrary to existing assumptions Russia does not support either the regime of al-Assad or the opposition. We hold a neutral attitude to all that. Naturally we had and continue to have ties with the incumbent leadership. But in reality this is not the issue," he said in an interview with AFP and Le Figaro ahead of his visit to Paris.
"The issue is how correct it is to decide at some moment on supporting another political force, if this political force is in direct confrontation with the incumbent, officially recognized government of a foreign country. I believe this is absolutely unacceptable from the viewpoint of international law," Medvedev said.
He said that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be decided by the people of Syria.
"Let them decide, including the opposition forces. It would be desirable for them to come to power in a legal way, not as a result of some country supplying them with arms. Therefore, I don't find quite civilized the wish to alter the political regime in a foreign state by recognizing some political force as the only bearer of sovereignty," he said.
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