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Russia Denies Change in Stance on Syria

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Russia's foreign ministry says Moscow's policy on Syria has not changed, after a top diplomat was quoted as saying Syria's opposition may win its battles against President Bashar al-Assad.

The ministry, on Friday, said Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had not made any statements or conducted "special interviews" with journalists over the past few days regarding Syria.  

On Thursday, Russian media quoted him as saying Assad was increasingly losing control of his country's territory, and that an opposition victory could not be ruled out.  It was seen as the first time Russia, a powerful Syrian ally, had acknowledged the Syrian government was beginning to crumble in its nearly two-year battle against anti-government forces.

But Russia's foreign ministry said Bogdanov was referring to the claims of the ``Syrian opposition and its foreign sponsors forecasting their quick victory over the regime in Damascus."  It said Bogdanov made the remark to a Kremlin advisory body that was discussing issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

Moscow and Beijing have repeatedly blocked efforts by the United Nations Security Council to address the Syrian crisis.

Separately, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen predicted a pessimistic outcome for Assad. On Thursday, he said Assad's government was "approaching collapse" and the Syrian leader's fall was "only a matter of time."

Earlier this week, a group of more than 100 nations formally recognized a newly formed opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

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by: Sunny Enwerem
December 14, 2012 11:42 AM
Russia has my respect for maintaining their stand,switching would be a caword and weak move,it still wouldn't change the matter on ground.
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by: Anonymous
December 14, 2012 9:55 PM
Maintaining their stand? Arming Assad? Obviously Putin cares NOTHING about the Syrian people or he would of helped end this war. Instead he sips his tea counting the money from weapons he sold cold blooded killer Assad. It may be too late for Putin to win the hearts of not only Syrians but people worldwide. He dug himself into this mess, and won't be able to get out easily. A terrible leader for the Russian people. Everyone knows that his decisions do not represent the true feelings of the Russian people.

by: Top Winners from: Australia
December 14, 2012 7:25 AM
So Amazing!
Long live The USA and Free World!
Soon or late, Great Victory will belong to us and all oppressed people in dictatorial regimes, all over the world.
You yourself are really Amazing Angels of The Planet.

by: bean cube from: Seattle WA
December 14, 2012 7:01 AM
Not facing reality, those sloppy foreign ministries will not have any real shake up for taking bribes or ignoring drawback from those crazy families of Assad.
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by: Anonymous
December 14, 2012 9:58 PM
Nice try, trying to mix this up syrian nationalist...
If you are up on things the Americans denounced any support for any terrorist groups. As for terrorists in Syria, the biggest one of all is Assad, he terrorized the entire country and killed the most civillians. Who's the terrorist in Syria??? Assad. Get your facts straight.
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by: Anonymous
December 14, 2012 8:08 AM
Nice editing there VoA.
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by: syrian nationalist from: syria
December 14, 2012 7:44 AM
bean cube, you've got no idea what you're talking about. The US is the one that is betraying everything it stands for by siding with al-Qaeda against seculars and peaceful religious minorities

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