MOSCOW, Mar. 1 (Xinhua) -- A resolution made by the Friends of Syria Group encourages extremists to seize power by force, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Friday.
"Judging by the reports, the decision made in Rome on Thursday and the statements from there directly encourage the (Syrian) extremists to seize power by force, regardless of inevitable sufferings of ordinary Syrians," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement posted on the official website.
The diplomat said that the international community has already understood that there was no military solution to the Syrian conflict.
Moscow saw it the primary task to stop bloodshed immediately and initiate a political dialogue.
"We are convinced that it should guarantee peaceful and democratic development of the united Syria in the interests of all its citizens with no exception," Lukashevich said.
Representatives from dozens of nations gathered in Rome to discuss rendering more support to the Syrian opposition. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that his country would send the Syrian opposition an additional 60 million U.S. dollars in non- lethal aid.
DAMASCUS, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Clashes continued Friday between government troops and rebel fighters at the vicinity of a police academy and military airbase in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Observatory said three rebels were killed in the clashes that erupted Friday at Khan al-Asal town in Aleppo, adding that the clashes raged on in the vicinity of the police academy in the town. Full story
ROME, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The United States has stepped up its support for the Syrian opposition with additional 60 million U.S. dollars in non-lethal assistance, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said here on Thursday after an international meeting on Syria.
The U.S. would provide such aids as food and medical supplies for the first time to rebels battling against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Kerry announced in a joint press conference in Rome with Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi and Syrian opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib. Full story