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Moscow to seek Syria progress, bigger Middle East role in Riyadh

By: Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW – Russia is expected to urge Saudi Arabia to allow its regional rival Iran to join moves to end the conflict in Syria in a rare high-level meeting on Wednesday between the world’s top two oil … Continue reading

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Syria undergoing ‘revolution’ not dispute with regime, opposition chief tells Moscow

Russia needs to understand that the conflict in Syria is not a dispute between the opposition and regime but a revolution, the chief of the main exiled opposition group said in Moscow on Wednesday. “The events in Syria are not … Continue reading

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Russia: Syrian opposition leader in Moscow for meeting with Lavrov

The head of the Syrian National Council is reportedly visiting Russia’s foreign minister Wednesday — a notable meeting between a major Syrian opposition group and a government that some opposition members have accused of backing the Syrian regime. SNC leader … Continue reading

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Russia readies marines for Syria mission

Russia is preparing to send marines to Syria in the event that it needs to protect personnel and remove equipment from its naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartus, Interfax news agency reported on Monday. Syria is Moscow’s firmest … Continue reading

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China and Russia refuse to step up pressure on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

China and Russia refused yesterday to harden their stance against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, even as the Syrian government threw out a handful of Western diplomats in another sign that the UN-brokered plan to end 14 months of bloodshed … Continue reading

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Syria on agenda as Putin goes to China

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in China for a three-day visit aimed at bolstering crucial ties between the powerful Eurasian neighbours who have aligned to block tougher international action against Syria. Both energy and foreign policy co-operation were high … Continue reading

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Syrian army pounds Homs; Annan in Moscow

By: Erika Solomon and Crispian Balmer Syrian forces pounded the battered city of Homs with tank and mortar fire and troops pummeled several other rebel strongholds on Saturday, leaving at least 24 dead, opposition activists said. With the bloodshed showing … Continue reading

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Violence rages in Syria as Annan eyes Moscow support

Beirut – At least 38 people, including 15 government soldiers, were killed Saturday in violence across Syria, activists said, as international envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Moscow to seek Russian support for a plan to end the bloodshed in Syria. … Continue reading

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Russia rebukes Assad over ‘big reform delay’

By: Stuart Williams MOSCOW, Russia — Russia on Wednesday criticised President Bashar al-Assad for his “big delay” in implementing reforms, saying Damascus risked escalating the Syria crisis by failing to take Moscow’s advice. In a rare public rebuke from Moscow … Continue reading

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Russia stays firm on Syria; head of Syrian Red Crescent killed

Russia said on Wednesday it would consider “constructive proposals” to end bloodshed in Syria but was opposed to force or sanctions, as regime troops reportedly pounded the protest hub of Hama. “We are open to constructive proposals that go in … Continue reading

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