Russia warns West against ‘sabotage’ of Syria deal


Russia said Wednesday it would not let Western powers “sabotage” a political transition accord to end the escalating conflict in Syria that was reached in Geneva at the end of June. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western states of fomenting violence by openly supporting the armed opposition and said Russia expected a formal answer within a matter of days on whether they backed the accord. “What was accomplished in Geneva should not be sabotaged,” Lavrov told reporters while on a a visit to Belarus. “We will be trying to get an answer from our (Western) partners within literally the coming days about whether they support what they signed off on in Geneva.