Arabs from Gulf states have told Russia that its failure to take a tough line on Syria has directly led to ongoing killing in the country.
Qatar along with Saudi Arabia has led efforts to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and pushed for the recognition of the exiled Syrian national council as Syria’s legitimate representative.
Russia maintains that not all the blame for violence should be put on Assad, but a series of points were agreed, and all were in favour of measures to put an end to the violence, “regardless of the source.”
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said:
We consider it very important to support the mission of Kofi Annan that has begun in Damascus, and we hope that this mission will lead to a start of dialogue.
Russia and China vetoed a UN security council resolution based on an Arab peace plan. However both countries did back another security council resolution which expressed “deep disappointment” at Syria’s failure to allow the UN humanitarian aid chief to visit.