Russia attempts to spread the blame in worsening Syrian crisis
It was long before reality dampened the plan put forth by the Obama administration for a Yemen-like transition of power in Syria. Appearing at a press conference with Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague, Russian foregin minister Sergi Lavrov said that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and opposition forces shared blame for the attack on the town of Houla, which included as many as 30 children killed.
“We are dealing with a situation in which both sides evidently had a hand in the deaths of innocent people,” Lavrov said.
Hague also weighed in, saying that the United Nations plan was the only hope for a settlement on the table. UN envoy Kofi Annan will return to Syria in an attempt to apply increased pressure on Syria to resolve the growing civil war,