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Russia PM slams 'unacceptable' support of Syria rebels

Published on Nov 26, 2012 3:16 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev slammed as "unacceptable" the recognition and support by France and other states of the Syrian opposition battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

In a wide-ranging interview with Agence France-Presse and Le Figaro ahead of a visit to Paris starting on Monday, Mr Medvedev also spoke of the EU economic crisis as a "serious threat" and did not rule out returning to the Kremlin in the future.

Britain and France have joined Turkey and Arabian Peninsula states in recognising a newly formed opposition bloc as the sole representative of the Syrian people. Paris has also suggested arming the opposition fighters.

"From the point of view of international law, this is absolutely unacceptable," Mr Medvedev said in the interview at his suburban Gorki residence.

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