MOSCOW, December 13 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow admitted on Thursday the possibility of the Syrian opposition winning the ongoing civil war against government forces.
“We have to face up to reality: The trend is that the Syrian regime, the government is increasingly losing control, losing more and more territory,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.
“Sadly, a victory by the Syrian opposition cannot be ruled out.”
The Opposition Coalition, an alliance of rebel groups seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is becoming more confident of victory, due to arms supplies from abroad and growing international recognition of its legitimacy, he said.
“They are saying that victory is just around the corner: ‘We will soon take Aleppo and then we will take Damascus,’ and saying they are in control of 60 percent of territory,” he said.
More than 100 nations, including the United States and Western European countries, declared their support for the opposition coalition on Wednesday at a gathering in Marrakech, Morocco.
Russia on Wednesday voiced opposition to the US move to recognize the Syrian Opposition Coalition. Moscow maintains militant Islamist factions could come to power in Syria should the Assad government fall, and has repeatedly resisted efforts by Western and Arab countries to undermine the Syrian president.
The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SNCROF) was formed on November 11 in Doha, Qatar and proclaimed itself the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
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- vusi(no title)02:37, 14/12/2012The war in Syria is a USA/EU driven war and has nothing to do with the Syrian people; therefore if the terrorists win it will be the USA that would have won. i think Russia must make sure that terrorists do not win in Syria. Russia should make sure there is a massive flow of weapons and fighter in the side of the government of Syria to counter the USA/EU reign of terror in the world. Russia must learn from their heroic fathers and forefathers how to counter USA/EU terror.
- moistVery irresponsible statement..11:04, 14/12/2012..since facts on the ground says otherwise. Resorting to random terror bombings, random throat slittings and terrorizing ordinary citizens is desperation on behalf of NATO mercenaries, not exactly a winning strategy. Putin can now add Mikhail Bogdanov as another fifth column on western payroll and act accordingly.
- Wolfgang9To Moist16:50, 14/12/2012I agree such statements are very stupid, if they come unintended. But maybe Russia wants to pull out again? But, seriously, I almost think like you.
- MattMarriottSyria Assad ordered to go chemical, Turkey Erdogan to occupy Syria. Iran Ahmadinejad MUST NOT fall - Libya fake war script repeated in Syria00:38, 24/12/2012Syria Assad ordered to go chemical, Turkey Erdogan to occupy Syria. Iran Ahmadinejad MUST NOT fall - Libya fake war script repeated in Syria.
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