On the same day that a suicide bomber killed the Syrian Minister of Defense, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that supporting the Syrian opposition while demanding that President Bashar al-Assad step down will lead to an impasse.
"If the policy based on support for the opposition continues – a policy leading to an impasse, since Assad will not go on his own – and all of these mantra calls that he must step down are rooted in hopelessness,"Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.
The Russian minister warned against the temptation for outside forces to play favorites with any side in the crisis.
Lavrov's comments came on the same day that Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Daoud Rajha was killed by a suicide bombing attack at a national security building in Damascus. His deputy – Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat – was also mortally wounded by the blast.
Operation Damascus Volcano – as the rebels have dubbed their assault – has been announced, Lavrov conceded. However, it would amount to "direct support for the revolutionary movement" if the international community passes a resolution that "unilaterally forbids the government from responding [to the increasing violence]."
Source and full story: Russia Today, 18 July 2012