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Russia: Military Intervention Will Not Bring Peace to Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, greets Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil, right, in Moscow, Russia, July 22, 2013.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, greets Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil, right, in Moscow, Russia, July 22, 2013.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Monday with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil in Moscow to try to resolve the deadly conflict in Syria. 

Lavrov said that the more than two-year-long, bloody conflict in Syria can’t be resolved through military intervention.

He added that Russia is very concerned about the situation in Syria, and that Moscow is convinced that a military solution does not exist.

Lavrov, who made the comments during talks with Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil, said it’s important to find other ways to resolve the conflict.

The foreign minister said that the Kremlin thinks it’s very important to use every opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions of how to stop the bloody civil war through the political process.

He also called on the Syrian government and opposition to work together to expel all "terrorists and extremists" from Syria.

Moscow has been an ally of Damascus since the Soviet period and is seen as the linchpin to resolving the conflict that has killed as many as 100,000 people and displaced many more.

Russia has refused to back three rounds of sanctions against its Middle Eastern ally, maintaining it’s not the job of the United Nations Security Council to force the ouster of any government.

The Kremlin has also angered the West by continuing to sell arms to Damascus. Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains that none of the weapons can be used in a civil conflict so Moscow is not breaking any international laws.

Russia insists that dialogue with both sides is necessary for peace.  Moscow and Washington have been trying to organize peace talks in Geneva in an effort to achieve a cease-fire.

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by: Eric from: USA
July 23, 2013 7:42 PM
If Russia sees no end from a military conflict then why are they still selling weapons to Assad?

Assad Has committed many atrocious war crimes. I have just returned from the region talked with the people seen the damage and know that he is no different than Adolf Hitler

by: Anonymous
July 22, 2013 2:01 PM
Putin claims " Moscow is not breaking any international laws"...

But what the world says is if you are defending, or aiding a terrorist you are one. Assad is using terrorist tactics in Syria. Assad is a criminal and those who defend criminals that are murdering thousands are standing in the way from justice being served. Aiding a known criminal. Enoughs enough, I wish the West would go right in and take out Assad for his heinous crimes against the Nation of Syria. Maybe the Russian people should start hitting the streets and demonstrating against the Russian dictator Putin and his heinous actions of defending Assad. This would be a good thing.
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by: Igor from: Russia
July 25, 2013 2:14 AM
Hey, Anonymous, you are speaking a lot against Assad to justify for the terrorist actions of the rebels. Let me ask you a question: What has happened to the human organ eating man? Has he condemned by the West? Has he been captured and put on trial? Nothing has happed to him? He only receives sympathy and support from the West. Has Mr. Obama said any thing about it or he just turned a blind eye on it. What about the rebels around him? Did they preventhim from doing such horrible thing or they recorded his action and uploaded it on the internet to display their strength and to worry their enemy. The terrorists always hide themselves in the population and use them as human shields. How can you defeat them without hurting anyone else?
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by: Anonymous
July 25, 2013 2:02 AM
Hanoi Girl ...

That is too bad, and sad, did the Vietnamese government bomb their own people? This is genocide inflicted by their own leader. There is a big difference. When two countries are fighting they escalate things more and more. Not saying it was right at all... But what assad has been doing is deliberately bombing civilian areas to try and make the people of Syria buckle. The definition of a terrorist is "A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims." This is what Assad is doing... During the war of Vietnam the USA wasn't trying to become a political leader. Atrocities happen in wars as things escalate. But when a leader is inflicting terror on its own people it is a systematic deliberate action. Collateral damage on his own people. He is unable to lead Syria anymore and is just inflicting terror. He would have to murder every Syrian civilian to win the war in Syria. Not going to happen.
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by: Hanoi Girl from: Vietnam
July 24, 2013 12:57 AM
I live in Vietnam. My grandparents were killed together with many innocent people when the houses were flattened by bombs from B52 bombers in 1972. Many Vietnamese houses, schools, hospitals were destroyed and many women, children were murdered brutally by the US bombings. Those were surely terrorist activities. But until now we can do nothing to punish those responsible for that crime.
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by: Anonymous
July 23, 2013 5:40 PM
And on a final note....
Putin claimed that the rebels are human eating animals for a reason. BUT there was ever only 1 case of this in Syria, and obviously the guy was psychotic, there was nobody else doing this... Putin wants you to think every opposition in Syria is a cannibal. The rebels do not eat humans. This was Putins way of getting support for his wrongdoings in Syria. We all know that if someone is protecting a criminal they themselves are a criminal as well. He is providing the weaponry that is being used to systematicaly kill any opposition whatsoever. These opposition come from all walks of everyday life, and are NOT all "Terrorists". This is just a ploy to make the world think that everyone who opposes Assad is a terrorist, not the case. The last thing Putin wants is the people of Russia standing up for human rights against Putin for his decision to back the criminal Assad. Putin needs to make the people feel that the rebels are bad. Obviously this is working when you make statements like "Russia is right to protect the whole Syria from the rebels, which are human organ eating animals." I am not saying there was wrong doing on the FSA side either. I will say that there is a large number of FSA that are bus drivers, chefs, electricians, carpenters, singers, soccer players, store owners, everyone imaginable, including defected SAA. Any Syrians that lost family members or their homes, are joining the FSA to fight for their country against the Assad regime and any mercenaries Assad hires to try and wipe out all opposition. Assad will never win this war in Syria unless he kills every civilian which isn't going to happen. Everyday more and more people oppose Assad, many were supporters of Assad because he kept the peace a long time ago with every religion etc., however now that he has implemented these crimes against the nation more and more feel the need to get rid of him at any cost. Sad situation. If only the Syrian Army did the same thing they did in Egypt, things would be different. Many high ranking Syrian Army defected at the beginning because they couldn't kill innocent civilians who want change, and joined the FSA instead of trying disable Assad directly because he is so well guarded.
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by: Anonymous
July 23, 2013 5:08 PM
Even if Assad was willing to compensate the people or families he murdered or destroyed their homes or businesses it would still be a crime. He isn't compensating anyone and is destroying majority of Syria. The destruction he has implemented across the nation is impossible for anyone to do on the ground by dropping these bombs. He is taking out entire streets at a time. No respect or regard for human life whatsoever. This is a criminal in its purest form.
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by: Anonymous
July 23, 2013 4:58 PM
Your response was fully respected Igor, however you are not Assads defense lawyer. These are the types of things his defense lawyer would say, but if you don't know already that the law is based on evidence. He is FULLY responsible for the SAA and their crimes and actions against the Syrian Nation.
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by: Anonymous
July 23, 2013 4:55 PM
Hey Igor, do you know what a terrorist is? It doesn't have to be someone with bombs strapped to them. Did you not see what terror Assad has implemented on the nation of Syria? Bombing residential areas for 2 years? Inflicting terror from aerial bombardments via planes & helicopters, tanks destroying neighborhoods, scuds as well. Collateral damage is a form of terrorism. The definition of Collateral damage is this: "Used euphemistically to refer to inadvertent casualties and destruction in civilian areas in the course of military operations." Another definition is " It is frequently used as a military term where it can refer to the incidental destruction of civilian property and non-combatant casualties."... Bombing areas with no consideration for human life and innocent casualties is a form of terrorism. If you would like the definition of terrorism it is this "The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims"... Assad will not leave power and continues to murder innocent civilians all over Syria, making millions homeless and destroying businesses. Whether he claims it is accidental or not he knows what he is doing, everything is premeditated. The people of Syria don't want Assad and they most definitely dislike Russia for supplying arms to Assad to kill many thousands of innocent civilians. It is the fault of Putin that he is defending Assad that the International Criminal Court hasn't already gotten their hands around Assads neck for his brutal murders to all walks of life. The people of Syria want Peace and they will fight to have Assad removed before peace can finally be made. Assad just will not go without force. Assad is guilty of murdering people and must have justice served to him. He could never lead Syria again unless he faced his serious crimes and the proper punishment for those crimes. Put him before a New Syria Judicial System first then lets see if he will ever be let out of jail again or perhaps served a death sentence. I know many Syrians. You can try and change the subject bringing up other situations in the history of the world. We are discussing Assad, and what is going on now. You go talk about the US, Vietnamese elsewhere because that has nothing to do with THIS discussion of what is happening on the ground in Syria and the crimes committed. Sure there is crimes on both sides but the biggest problem must be fixed first, and that's Assad. The world knows his crimes he committed, now it's time he face justice and man up. You can't kill tens of thousands of people in your country and get away with it. In most modern countries there is no court case for this type of behavior/crimes.

In Layman terms it goes like this: Assad acts like a 5 year old kid in a sandbox. When his toys are taken away by his mom for being bad, he gets in a pout and destroys the other kids sand castles and starts pulling other kids hair. That's when the kid deserves a time out, and won't be allowed to play in the sandbox again.
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by: Igor from: Russia
July 22, 2013 11:28 PM
Hey Anonymous, you dare not even state out your name. Can you give us any convincing evidence that Assad regime is a terrorist one? Or you just curl your tongue imitating Western media. Have you received any single penny for it? Syria is in a civil war and thousands of its people died as the result of that war. It is true that Assad has never ordered his troops to kill innocent people. So stop trying to blacken him. Do you know how many Vietnamese innocent people were murdered by the US army during the Vietnam war. We would consider the US army terrorist force during that war if your reasoning was applied. Russia is right to protect the whole Syria from the rebels, which are human organ eating animals.

by: Anonymous
July 22, 2013 1:57 PM
Complete Lies from Russia. This criminal Assad needs to be ended, he is destroying the lives of millions, destroying the nation of Syria, and destroying the air we breath. Enough is enough already, some country needs to go in and yank that idiot out by the hair. He has caused too much bloodshed of the innocent. He drops bombs in civilian areas. (Just like Russians did in Chechnya). Quit defending this criminal or you ARE a criminal. Enough is enough the world has seen enough. The way to end this is to have Assad held responsible for his crimes.

Assad already knows he faces severe consequences and is fighting til his death. Lets put an end to his killing campaign so the Syrians can start to build their life over again. Don't give me that crap there will be chaos afterwards, it isn't any worse than it is already... Let the people of Syria fight against whoever it is that may take the lead next if they cannot implement a Friends of Syria government. At least the Nation will not be fighting the Nations military. Disgusting entirely disgusting that Russia is standing in the way of this war ending. The world wants it ended, the more Russia stands in the way the more they are responsible for this entire mess. Whos bombs, planes, tanks, guns, and missiles are Assad using to kill innocent civilians??? Russian. Give your damn head a shake Russia.

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