British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that Russian weapons supplies to the Syrian regime were impeding the search for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
“The continued flow of weapons to the [Syrian] regime and the difficulties and disagreements on the attending the Geneva talks don’t help at all to resolve this crisis,” Hague told journalists here.
“This is the most pressing crisis in world affairs today,” Hague said.
His remarks referred to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s suggestion that his regime has received advanced S-300 air defense missiles promised by Russia as well as the announcements by Syria’s main opposition group that it would not take part in proposed U.S.-Russia peace talks.
“It’s very important that all concerned are prepared to come into the planned Geneva peace talks, that’s the regime and opposition. It is the only hope in the near future of achieving a political solution.
“We remain committed to getting the regime and opposition together at the second Geneva conference and we will continue to work on that in the coming days,” Hague stressed.
He referred to the so-called Geneva 2 peace conference proposed by Moscow and Washington and aimed at ending a conflict estimated to have killed close to 100,000 people in more than two years.
Russian arms to Damascus unhelpful, Hague says