Topic: Protests in Syria
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MOSCOW, December 7 (RIA Novosti) - Experts from Russia and the United States will hold consultations in the coming days with Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League peace envoy to Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Lavrov met on Thursday with Brahimi and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss possible ways of settling the ongoing conflict in Syria.
“We have agreed with Americans that our experts will meet in the coming days with Brahimi and his people and simply have a brainstorm with Geneva accords laid out on the table,” Lavrov said.
At a meeting on Syria in Geneva on June 30, foreign ministers from UN Security Council permanent member states and from Syria’s neighbors proposed establishing a transitional Syrian government that would comprise both the Syrian authorities and opposition forces, but incessant fighting in Syria has made it impossible to launch a dialogue so far.
Lavrov said Brahimi hopes that Moscow and Washington will back his efforts in organizing a dialogue with the ruling authorities and opposition in Syria in order to find out what could be implemented in practice based on the Geneva accords.
Russia and the United States have been locked in a stalemate over the 20-month-old Syrian conflict.
The United States accuses Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of crimes against his own people and has insisted that he step down.
Moscow, meanwhile, has said the fate of Syria’s leadership must not be dictated from the outside and has warned that intervention in the violence could result in a government takeover by Islamist militants.
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- mrgenieIf Russia just stops selling weapons and supplying Syria with money...13:34, 07/12/2012and leave this issue to the Arabs.
Neither Russia nor NATO has the right to intervene. Unfortunately Russia started to supply Assad from the beginning of the unrest to support Assad to kill woman and children. Thank god NATO is more wise then Russia and thus far stayed out of it. The Arabs however are supplying the opposition, as a response to Putin's claim that Assad has the right to kill civilians.
It's very sad Mr. Putin considers heads of state to have the right to kill people by using armed forces.
This stance of Mr. Putin and his support to Assad will not help to end this conflict.
Especially since Russia isn't even a neighbor.
If NATO could just convince Putin to stop the killing of children and woman. It would be the best for everyone. Then Assad could start talks with Qatar and other countries who are supporting the oppositions to stop the killing of civilians by Russian weapons.
But at long as Russia keeps supplying and supporting Assad to kill civilians, of course no Arab country will stop supporting the opposition.
But like I said before, thank God NATO is wise and doesn't respond to Russia's attempts to destabilize the region to force high oil and gas prices on the world market.
Any response would likely boomerang on Russia – the partnership between Rosneft and ExxonMobil is a case in point. The United States has hit Russia with a third round of sanctions. This time the Americans went with a higher caliber weapon, targeting Russia’s biggest energy companies (Rosneft and Novatek) and banks (VEB and Gazprombank).