BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused the United States of justifying terrorism against the Syrian government. He also spoke against Western countries’ unilateral sanctions on Syria.
Sergei Lavrov said, "Speaking about the sanctions, including the 17th package of sanctions against Syria which was just passed several days ago, we are against unilateral sanctions in principle. We are for collective discussions of any issues. Unfortunately, when the European Union, the United States, and other countries started to impose unilateral sanctions against Syria, they did not ask us for any advice at all. A unilateral way has been chosen. We think it contradicts a collective principle of doing business. It contradicts the Security Council decisions on Syria. And it directly contradicts agreements by the so-called action group in Geneva on June 30."
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