23 September 2013, 17:03

West must shake its tunnel vision on attacking Syria: expert

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, seen here speaking at the 10th anniversary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region, September 18, 2013.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, seen here speaking at the 10th anniversary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region, September 18, 2013.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, seen here speaking at the 10th anniversary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region, September 18, 2013.

By Rob Sachs

WASHINGTON (VOR)— In an interview televised on State television on Sunday Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov accused the US of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria. Lavrov said he was opposed to authorizing the use of force even if Syria fails to comply with the plan to deliver its chemical weapons to an international authority.

Lavrov also added that the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in Syria.

To assess Lavrov’s comments and how they might influence the course of events, VOR’s Rob Sachs spoke with Alexander Strakanov, director of the Institute of Russian History, Language and Culture at Lyndon State College in Vermont.

Strakanov pointed out that recent Western saber rattling vis-a-vis Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a sharp contrast to previous years, when the West lauded Assad for maintaining stability. The rush to condemn Assad does not flatter the West.

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