UK-Russia differences on Syria

The Prime Minister alluded "very big differences" between the British and Russian approaches to ending the conflict in Syria. During a joint press conference at Downing Street, he said he believed these differences could be "overcome".

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Boris warns over arming Syrian rebels

Britain will have no means of preventing UK weapons ending up in the hands of "al Qaida-affliated thugs" if it supplies arms to the Syrian rebels, Boris Johnson warned.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph the London mayor put himself at the head of the growing opposition at Westminster to any move by David Cameron to arm the rebels, saying Britain could not end the conflict by "pressing weapons into the hands of maniacs".


Archbishop of York: Arming of Syrian rebels 'naive'

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who was making his first public appearance since he revealed he had prostate cancer, has described the idea of arming the Syrian rebels as "very, very naive."

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. Credit: PA

"There are all kinds of very different factions and it may simply be a battle between Shiites and Sunnis, but also a battle within among themselves - the radicals, the conservatives, the reformists. It's a toxic mixture," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics.

Dr Sentamu also criticised corrupt government officials who embezzle funds from the public purse, at an ecumenical service in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, ahead of the G8 summit.

"They are directly robbing the poor of their education, health, food, employment and sustainable development," he said.

"We say, from this fantastic cathedral to both types of robbers, 'enough is enough. Stop indirectly and directly robbing the poor'."

Putin alludes to heart-eating video in press conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin alluded to a graphic video, purporting to show a Syrian rebel commander biting into the heart of a soldier, during a joint press conference with the Prime Minister.

He made the point to justify Russia's opposition to arming Syrian rebels, saying that both sides in the conflict had "blood on their hands".

Putin also said he hoped the G8 Summit would have a "positive influence" on international efforts to end the conflict in Syria.

Cameron: UK and Russia can 'overcome differences'

Russia and Britain can overcome their differences on the conflict in Syria despite some disagreements, Prime Minister David Cameron said during a joint press conference with President Putin:

What I take from our conversation today is that we can overcome these differences if we recognise that we share some fundamental aims: to end the conflict, to stop Syria breaking apart, to let the Syrian people decide who governs them and to take the fight to the extremists and defeat them.


Cameron: 'Murderous dictator' Assad 'has to go'

The Prime Minister has said that he believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "has to go" in order to bring peace to the country.

He described Assad as a "murderous dictator," adding: "I believe we must support the centre ground of decent moderate Syrians".

He said he thought that the differences between the UK and Russia could be overcome, and he hopes that the G8 talks will bring momentum to this process.

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