Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal arrives to attend an Arab ministerial committee meeting in Doha to discuss the Syrian crisis on June 2. Prince Faisal says it is time for Russia to change its stance on Syria and work to ensure the peaceful transfer of power in the unrest-hit country. © Karim Jaafar - AFP/File
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal
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Last updated: June 5, 2012

Saudi says it's time Russia changed stance on Syria

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday that it is time for Russia to change its stance on Syria and work to ensure a peaceful transfer of power.

"The time has come for Russia to change its stance from supporting the Syrian regime to working to stop the killing and (supporting) a peaceful transition of power," Prince Saud told a news conference.

He said such a policy change would "preserve (Russia's) interests in Syria and the Arab world," adding that he "hoped Russia would re-evaluate its policies in the region, especially with regard to Syria."

Otherwise, "Moscow would lose a lot (of credibility) among the Arabs," he said.

Russia has repeatedly blocked attempts by the UN Security Council to pass resolutions condemning President Bashar al-Assad's regime and its deadly crackdown on dissent, actions Prince Saud said were "unjustifiable."

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