Russia's top diplomat took a shot at the Western and Arab attempts to bring democratic change to Syria Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov singled out the Friends of Syria, the coalition of dozens of nations led by the United States and the Arab League calling for tough action against the Damascus regime.
"There are outside forces that are not interested in the success of the current U.N. Security Council efforts," Lavrov told reporters. "They are trying everything possible to substitute the Security Council with various unofficial formats such as the 'Friends of Syria' or some other forms," he told reporters Tuesday.
"And (they are trying), with everything possible, to influence the Syrian opposition so that it doesn't work with the government in maintaining a cease-fire and setting up future dialogue."
Lavrov made the remarks as monitors tried to observe a U.N.-backed cease-fire that was supposed to be in effect since Thursday.
They are reviewing the government and opposition forces' adherence to special envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan, which calls for a halt in violence, humanitarian access and an "inclusive Syrian-led political process."
Annan's effort is supported by the Syrian regime, Russia, China, the United States, Turkey and the Arab world.
After a relative drop-off in reported deaths immediately after the Thursday cease-fire deadline, violence has persisted in Syria. At least 47 people were killed across the country Tuesday, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.FULL STORY