As the fighting and deaths in Syria continue, Russia is accusing western countries of hindering a peaceful resolution.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claims the opposition is being discouraged from negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad and his government.
“At the moment, the Arab League is calling for an end to violence and the beginning of dialogue. But there have been calls from the West and other countries in the region advising the opposition not to enter into dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime,” Lavrov said.
Both Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria.
Meanwhile, the Arab League has refused to amend its plans for sending in a monitoring team to ensure civilians are protected, despite protests from Damascus.
A defiant Assad says he will continue to crackdown on armed groups of ‘terrorists’.