Putin and Lavrov Strongly Rebuke Obama at APEC Summit
September 10, 2012 • 9:15AM

During the annual APEC summit meeting on Saturday in Vladivostok, Russia, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was strongly rebuked by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for pushing for further sanctions against both Iran and Syria. Lavrov met with Clinton on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in the Eastern Siberian city, and Clinton and Putin had a private dinner later on Saturday. Lavrov told reporters after his meeting with Clinton, "Our American partners have a prevailing tendency to threaten and increase pressure, adopt ever more sanctions against Syria and against Iran. Russia is fundamentally against this, since for resolving problems you have to engage the countries you are having issues with and not isolate them. Unilateral U.S. sanctions against Syria and Iran increasingly take on an extraterritorial character, directly affecting the interests of Russian business, in particular banks. We clearly stated that this was unacceptable, and they listened to us. What the result will be, I don't know." Earlier in the week, during a visit to Beijing en route to the APEC meeting, Secretary Clinton received a similar strong rebuke from her Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, who said that events in Syria would prove that the U.S., not China, was on the wrong side of history.