Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov firmly and grimly restressed Russia's determination June 10, saying, "The parties involved in the Syria conflict, including foreign opposition and the Syrian National Council do not want to sit down at the negotiating table with Bashar Assad. They are ready to continue the armed struggle until the UN Security Council gives a mandate for foreign intervention in Syria. I can guarantee that it won't give such a mandate," according to Voice of Russia.
As if in response, the new leader of the British-controlled Syrian National Council (run by the Muslim Brotherhood), the Kurd Abdel Basset Sayda, told AFP in pure flight forward the same day, "The regime is on its last legs. According to reports, the regime has lost control of Damascus and other cities." A spokesman for the Turkey-based "Free Syrian Army" said, "We call on Syrians to launch a general strike leading to mass civil disobedience. The hour of liberation and change has come."
Damascus, which has been relatively quiet, witnessed twelve hours of gunfire and fighting Saturday, the worst it has seen in the 15-month conflict. But film footage taken by (and of) UN observers and available at "Russia Today," shows what it really was. It shows that the "rebels" fired rocket-propelled grenades at a local power plant, damaging parts of it, and incinerated six buses and many cars in the process, while burning tires in the streets. All mostly to provoke counter-fire from Syrian troops and police against civilians.
From the direction of the British puppet-masters, Foreign Secretary William Hague would not rule out foreign military intervention, over-boasting to AFP of his own handiwork:
"We don't know how things are going to develop. Syria is on the edge of a collapse or of a sectarian civil war, and so I don't think we can rule anything out. But it is not so much like Libya last year, where we had, of course, a successful intervention to save lives. [!] It is looking more like Bosnia in the 1990s, of being on the edge of a sectarian conflict in which neighboring villages are attacking and killing each other."