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Russia: No Discussions On Post-Assad Syria


Russia denied Friday it is engaged in discussions with the West on political changes in Syria that would involve the departure of President Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow also denied even considering preparations for the political transition in Syria. “I read somewhere today that the spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland, conveyed in a statement that the United States and Russia were discussing political changes in Syria after the departure of President Bashar al-Assad” , said the head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov during a press conference.

“If she really was saying this, it is false. Such discussions have not taken place and can not take place. This is in total contradiction with our position, “he said, after a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari. “We are not involved in regime change through the UN Security Council or political plots,” Lavrov said.

Ms. Nuland said Thursday on the sidelines of a meeting in Kabul that the United States and Russia had disagreements over Syria, but that the two countries continue to speak of a post-Assad transition strategy. ”

France also said Friday that Russia, a close ally of Damascus, was engaged in discussions to prepare for the period after Bashar al-Assad.

“The Russians are currently not attached to the personality of Bashar al-Assad, they see that he is a tyrant and a murderer and they themselves believe this dictator will weaken,” said the foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, on France Inter radio. “But they are sensitive, if Bashar is ousted, who will (replace him). The discussion focuses on it,” said the head of French diplomacy, raising the possibility of a meeting of the new contact group on Syria on June 30 in Geneva.

Lavrov said Russia was ready to attend such a meeting under certain conditions. The Russian minister stressed the presence of Iran – an ally and a neighbor of Syria – in the discussions to end the revolt in Syria, which has claimed nearly 15,000 lives since it began in March 2011.

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One thought on “Russia: No Discussions On Post-Assad Syria

  • June 16, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Why do we expect Russia to act differently than it has on Syria? Can we not see that Syria is somewhat of a microcosm of Russia? For decades strong rulers have governed both countries — effectively denying their citizens a say so in their government. If Russia helps fix things in Syria, it will need to fix them next at home.
    Why then would Putin help us with a regime change in Syria, which has even become an opportunity for him at home to showcase Russia’s strength in the world? Better to stick with the old script and raid the offices of political opponents or drum up bogus charges against businessmen.
    Forget Russia then. When the ground starts to shake under their feet, these boys stick with their friends.
    But nothing will stop the steamroller of the Information Age that is barreling down on the Putins, the al-Assads and the Ayatollahs of this world. And they are too drunk with power to get out of the way.


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