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Russia never changed position on Syria – Foreign Ministry

Posted By admin On December 14, 2012 @ 6:00 am In World News | Comments Disabled

RT [1]
Dec 14, 2012

Russia has not changed its position on the crisis in Syria and the latest comments by the US State Department are a misinterpretation of the facts, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich said during a media briefing in Moscow.

Lukashevich noted that the US State Department has been excessively enthusiastic about Russia “finally waking up and changing its position [on Syria].”

“I think we want to commend the Russian government for finally waking up to the reality and acknowledging that the regime’s days are numbered,” US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stated. “I think the question now is will the Russian government join those of us in the international community who are working with the opposition to try to have a smooth democratic transition.”

“We were never asleep, nor did we change our position,” Lukashevich said.

The US State Department’s remarks came after the media widely quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying on Thursday that the Syrian opposition might emerge victorious in the ongoing conflict.

“We cannot exclude the victory of opposition [in Syria]. We must face the truth: the Syrian government is gradually losing control over more and more territory of the country,” the media cited Bogdanov as saying.

“They [the opposition] say that victory is around the corner, that ‘we will control Aleppo soon’, ‘we will control Damascus soon’,” Bogdanov recalled, pointing out that recognition of the armed opposition from abroad, training of the opposition militants and arms supply inspire the Syrian opposition.

“Despite all of that, Moscow is going to continue to fulfillment of the Geneva Communiqué and peaceful settlement of the conflict,” Bogdanov said.

Bogdanov had reiterated the principal position of the Russian government in saying there were no alternatives to a political settlement of the Syrian crisis, Lukashevich said.

“Political settlement in Syria must be based on the final communiqué of the Action Group jointly approved on ministerial level in Geneva on June 30,” Lukashevich stressed.


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[1] RT: http://rt.com/politics/moscow-stance-syria-change-050/

[2] Russia denies it is switching support to Syrian rebels: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-denies-it-is-switching-support-to-syrian-rebels.html

[3] Russia says 15,000 foreign “terrorists” in Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-says-15000-foreign-terrorists-in-syria.html

[4] Russia suggests Syria ‘chemical attack’ carried out by rebels, provocation not ruled out: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-suggests-syria-chemical-attack-carried-out-by-rebels-provocation-not-ruled-out.html

[5] Al-Qaeda behind terror attacks in Syria, Russia warns: http://www.prisonplanet.com/al-qaeda-behind-terror-attacks-in-syria-russia-warns.html

[6] Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident – Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/materials-implicating-syrian-govt-in-chemical-attack-prepared-before-incident-russia.html

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