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Russian MP condemns G7 double standard policy over Syria elections

June 05, 2014, 16:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov says the presidential elections in Syria are much more democratic than the extension of President Bashar Assad’s term
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Russia’s Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov

Russia’s Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov

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MOSCOW, June 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s MP considers the G7 countries’ approach towards the presidential elections in Syria the policy of double standards.

“The elections in Syria and Ukraine were held amid armed actions. It is cynical to compare the number of casualties,” Russia’s Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.

“By having expelled Russia, the G7 turned into a real mutual admiration society under the moral of the famous fable, ‘claw me, and I will claw thee’. They did not recognize the results of Syria’s presidential elections unanimously. But they consider the elections in Ukraine legitimate,” he said.

However, Margelov said, “The people’s will, expressed in their ballots, is worthy of respect.”

“The presidential elections in Syria are much more democratic than the extension of President Bashar Assad’s term. There are no reasons for him to resign,” he said.

He believes that “the policy of double standards is ordinary practice for the West and its foreign policy stance. It cannot be the other. They believe that only they can draw ‘correct’ borders between states and have right views on ‘good’ and ‘evil’. And they are indignant when they are shown it is wrong”.

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