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Vladimir Putin: Syria reform ‘cannot come with bloodshed’

Speaking in his first full television interview since resuming the presidency, Mr Putin said: “Today some people want to use militants from al-Qaeda or some other organisations with equally radical views to accomplish their goals in Syria. This policy is … Continue reading

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Russia shows signs of break with Syria’s Assad

By: Dalal Mawad BEIRUT – Moving further from its strict stance of nonintervention, Russia pressured President Bashar Assad of Syria on Monday to be more flexible about the future of his ravaged country, insisting that he talk with adversaries, inviting … Continue reading

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Russia’s Putin seeks Mideast clout and to soothe Arabs

By: Steve Gutterman Arab ambassadors delivered a clear message to Russia’s special Middle East representative this month as Syria’s envoy watched in silent discomfort: You are on the wrong side of history. Russia’s envoy, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, differed … Continue reading

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Image: Putin & Assad on the Titanic

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Image: Kafranbel – The Charger and the Charged

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Obama and Putin call for end to violence in Syria

By: Patrick Wintour Barack Obama and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin completed a bilateral meeting on the margins of the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday with an agreement that there should be a cessation of hostilities in Syria, … Continue reading

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Syria on agenda as EU leaders meet with Russia’s Putin

By: Patrick J. McDonnell BEIRUT — European leaders are expected to press the contentious issue of Syria at a European Union-Russian summit Monday in St. Petersburg, but few believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin will agree to ramp up pressure … Continue reading

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Russia to Press Syria to Enter Talks as UN Warns of Total War

By: Robert Tuttle and Ilya Arkhipov Russia said it agreed to step up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to return to the negotiating table, as the United Nations warned the risk of sectarian war was increasing daily. Kofi … Continue reading

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Russia to Block Syria Military Intervention

By: Jessica Golloher MOSCOW – Russia said the United Nations Security Council should not consider new measures to resolve the crisis in Syria and signaled it would block any effort to authorize military intervention in its Middle Eastern ally. A … Continue reading

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Russia’s criticism of Syrian leader suggests it’s preparing for a future without him

MOSCOW — After a year of iron support for its embattled Middle East ally, Russia’s recent criticism of Syrian President Bashar Assad suggests that Moscow could be planning for a future without the Arab strongman. There is still no indication … Continue reading

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