Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov on the violence in Syria. They were joined in
Ireland’s capital by the U.N. mediator for the Arab country, Lakhdar
Brahimi, in a three-way attempt to breathe new life into diplomatic
efforts to stem the violence.
However, speaking to a group of
lawyers and civil society advocates on the sidelines of an international
human rights conference, Clinton took aim at what she described as a
new wave of repressive tactics and laws aimed at criminalizing U.S.
outreach efforts. The trends are indicative of a larger reversal of
freedoms for citizens of Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan and other
countries that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union two decades
“There is a move to re-Sovietize the region,” Clinton lamented.