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Syria Millennium
12/11/2013

Russian parliamentarians: 'Syrian opposition' intransigence key obstacle to convening Geneva II

Russian parliamentarians and political researchers said the main obstacle to convening Geneva II conference on Syria lies in the intransigence and preconditions set by the so-called Syrian opposition.



During round-table discussions organized by the Russian Anti-Globalization Association in Moscow, the parliamentarians and researchers said the opposition's preconditions are at odds with the Russian-US initiative and previous agreements for convening Geneva 2 and ''are aimed at aborting it.'' They also said that the US ''is not living up to its commitments'' in practicing the necessary influence over the opposition for accepting the peaceful political solution in Syria.
Yevgeny Fyodorov, member of the Russian State Duma told SANA correspondent that the events unfolding in Syria are connected to the US attempts to ''set up a unipolar and imperialist world order, stemming from the perception that the world is divided into two parts; the US and the countries revolving in its orbit.'' He affirmed that Syria's steadfastness is "the main factor for vanquishing the unipolar world order."
Alexander Ionov, President at the Anti-globalization Movement of Russia said the Russian attention is now focused on Geneva 2 prospects and means of finding solutions to the crisis in Syria ''amid the emergence of regional players that seek to spread disorder and religious extremism in the Middle East,'' citing Saudi Arabia as a key world center for sponsoring terrorism.
Chairman of the Eurasian Youth Union (ESM) in Russia, Andrei Kovalenko said ''it is clear that the so-called Syrian opposition is taking its cue from its patrons, which explains its rejection of participation in Geneva 2.''