Last updated: 5 June, 2012

Saudi says it’s time Russia changed stance on Syria

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday that it is time for Russia to change its stance on Syria and work to ensure a peaceful transfer of power.

“The time has come for Russia to change its stance from supporting the Syrian regime to working to stop the killing and (supporting) a peaceful transition of power,” Prince Saud told a news conference.

He said such a policy change would “preserve (Russia’s) interests in Syria and the Arab world,” adding that he “hoped Russia would re-evaluate its policies in the region, especially with regard to Syria.”

Otherwise, “Moscow would lose a lot (of credibility) among the Arabs,” he said.

Russia has repeatedly blocked attempts by the UN Security Council to pass resolutions condemning President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its deadly crackdown on dissent, actions Prince Saud said were “unjustifiable.”