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France: Lavrov critical of one-sided blame on Syrian government

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1. C/U Reporters interviewing Lavrov 2. SOT, Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (in Russian): "We have a shared opinion that we must avoid steps that will interfere with the coming conference. I've spoken with John [Kerry] openly about this, our reaction to these steps, this forced vote on the resolution of the General Assembly of the EU that completely blames the Syrian government one-sidedly without recalling the atrocities that the terrorists commit or the breaches of international humanitarian law by the powers of the opposition. I reminded John [Kerry] about these steps, and brought these steps forward for consideration in the EU Court of Human Rights as well. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other countries are attempting to further resolutions there that are also blaming the regime for everything and doesn't use even a single word to remember the crimes of the opposition" 3. C/U Reporters interviewing Lavrov SCRIPT France: Lavrov critical of one-sided blame on Syrian government Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, spoke to reporters outside of his meeting with US counterpart Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Paris on Monday evening. The two foreign policy leaders met to discuss details of a planned conference aimed to bring Syrian opposition and government members for peace talks in Geneva at an unspecified date in mid June. Lavrov puts high emphasis on the forthcoming meeting, hoping to prevent outside interference. "We have a shared opinion that we must avoid steps that will interfere with the coming conference. I've spoken with John [Kerry] openly about this, our reaction to these steps, this forced vote on the resolution of the General Assembly of the EU that completely blames the Syrian government one-sidedly without recalling the atrocities that the terrorists commit or the breaches of international humanitarian law by the powers of the opposition. I reminded John [Kerry] about these steps, and brought these steps forward for consideration in the EU Court of Human Rights as well. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other countries are attempting to further resolutions there that are also blaming the regime for everything and doesn't use even a single word to remember the crimes of the opposition" the Russian Foreign Minister told journalists. On Tuesday, the EU General Assembly decided to allow an EU-wide embargo on supplying Syrian opposition troops with weapons to expire. The resolution received the lion's share of its support from France and the UK, while the other 25 members voiced disagreement. No plans exist yet to arm Syrian opposition fighters with European arms. The Syrian conflict developed out of protests that swept across much of the Middle East and North Africa, commonly referred to as the Arab Spring, in early 2011. However, opposition forces backed by Western governments and some countries in the Arabian Peninsula mounted an armed campaign in an attempt to overthrow the ruling Baathist government of President Bashar al Assad. Since the start of the conflict, UN estimates put the total number of casualties at over 80,000 people. Additionally, UN figures suggest that up to 1.5 million Syrians have become refugees in neighboring countries.