Thursday, May 17, 2012

G8 at odds over Syria, Kremlin says

There is still no agreement among leaders of the world's richest nations on the final text of a declaration that will touch upon the protracted conflict in Syria, a Kremlin advisor said Thursday.
The leaders of the G8 – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States – will meet Friday and Saturday for a summit at the Camp David presidential retreat near Washington.
Russia will be represented by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after Vladimir Putin, the newly inaugurated president and the country's paramount leader, raised eyebrows in the West by suddenly cancelling his visit.
"There are differences," Kremlin advisor Arkady Dvorkovich told reporters, referring to the text of the G8 final declaration. "We are continuing our work."
A long-standing ally of Damascus, Moscow drew international criticism for vetoing two UN Security Council resolutions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the conflict that activists say has left 12,000 people dead.

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