MOSCOW, September 9 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev opposes condemnation only of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and believes the world community has to exert pressure on both conflicting parties.
“We are ready to support various approaches but they should not be based on irreciprocal condemnation of the government and President al-Assad. They should give a strict signal to all conflicting parties. They have to sit down at the negotiating table, agree and stop the bloodshed,” he said in an interview with the Euronews TV channel aired on Friday.
Medvedev said he had discussed possible sanctions against Syria this week with the French foreign and defense ministers.
“I believe the resolutions which we adopt to issue a strict message to the leadership of Syria shall be addressed to both parties because the situation is not sterile there. Those who demonstrate with anti-government slogans are not only supporters of refined European democracy. They are different people and we have to put it bluntly some of them are extremists and some can even be called terrorists. Therefore we should not idealize the situation and have to proceed from the balance of forces and interests,” the president said.
Medvedev said Russia does not want the Libyan scenario where NATO forces interfered to back insurgents to repeat in Syria.
“We see the problems in Syria, we see a disproportionate use of force and a big number of casualties. (The situation) does not suit us and I have told President Bashar al-Assad personally about it,” Medvedev said.
He added Russia is interested in an early settlement of the situation in Syria “with which our country has numerous economic and political contacts.”
“The search for possible ways out of the situation will be continued,” Medvedev said.