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    Syrian Opposition: No Change in Russian Support of Assad

    Prominent Syrian opposition activist Michel Kilo talks to the media after a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in front of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, July 9, 2012. Prominent Syrian opposition activist Michel Kilo talks to the media after a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in front of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, July 9, 2012.
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    Prominent Syrian opposition activist Michel Kilo talks to the media after a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in front of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, July 9, 2012.
    Prominent Syrian opposition activist Michel Kilo talks to the media after a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in front of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, July 9, 2012.
    VOA News
    After meeting with Russia's foreign minister, leaders of the Syrian opposition say Moscow's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad allows violence in Syria to continue.
     
    Members of the Syrian National Council opposition group met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Wednesday in Moscow, but admitted afterward that Russia, Syria's main ally, has not given up its support of Assad's government. 
     
    Lavrov reaffirmed on Wednesday Russia's position that both the government and opposition must halt all violence and that the Syrian people must decide the future of their country.
     
    But opposition leader Abdelbaset Sieda told reporters after the meeting that Russia still insists peace can be achieved without Assad leaving office. Sieda's opposition group says Assad must step down if the nation's political conflict is to be solved.
     
    U.N. envoy Kofi Annan is scheduled to brief the Security Council on Wednesday, following his talks on the crisis earlier this week with Syrian, Iranian and Iraqi leaders.

    Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
     

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    by: Ana from: Russia
    July 11, 2012 1:55 PM
    Whatetver it may take, with all my heart I do hope there will be no war in this world. It will not lead us anywhere, it will claim thousands of innocent lives. We have a mouth to talk, why should we use guns instead? And do not hate all the Russians. I'm Russian myself and I'm very sorry for the Syrian people. But we are ALL brothers and sisters. We are humans after all, aren't we? So I do hope there will be no war - either cold or hot one...

    by: Rahid Muhamadd from: Dhammacus
    July 11, 2012 1:26 PM
    The Russians under Putin who rigged the vote to become president to sell the weapon to kill innocent Syrians everyday, Putin's hands full of blood of Syrian people, how can you expect the Assad to honor the peace, We Syrian cannot accept this dictator anymore, you Russian seem too ignorant, you know how many Syrians have been extinguished by Assad? We Syrian people will remember you, Russians, the behind masked killer. Thanks Arab brothers, Westerns, Americans and all people in the world.
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    by: Ferrin from: US
    July 11, 2012 1:49 PM
    Your right on brother. Putin and is diguised KGB goverment are no better than Syria's Assad murderers. Whats a few thousand Syrian people killed when Russia murdered 20 million of it's own people under Stalin's KGB. Putin and Russia just don't get it. And shame on China too. This is just wrong

    by: Kafantaris from: USA, Ohio
    July 11, 2012 1:02 PM
    Enough, Mr. Annan, enough.
    What are we afraid of? We’re still on the side of the angels. And Russia and China still have no moral grounds to support Assad.
    If they choose to support him anyway in a military conflict, that’s their business. We still have the rest of the world on our side. And if Iran wants to get involved, let it. Before doing so, it should remember that the way to Iran is still through Syria. And we will take that path and take them both out -- if that’s what it takes.
    Yes There would be a loss of many lives . It would be costly. And it would disrupt the world economies. The ugliness of war has not changed in our information age. Nonetheless, there is no other way to get rid of these entrenched monsters. When the job is done, we will rebuild -- as we had done after WWII.
    Everything else we've already tried, as God is our witness. It is now time to act -- for the Syrian people, for all people who hope for a better world, and for our own self-respect.

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    by: DANIELP4JC from: America
    July 11, 2012 4:56 PM
    Hi to all my friends and muslim friends too,and you are so right,i pray that the killing of innocent people for just wanting their freeedom would come to a halt,my heart goes out to all of you that are braveing this horrible tragedy,MAY THE GOD OF ABRAHAM<ISAAC and JACOB,be WITH YOU ALL!!!<IN GOD WE TRUST>

    by: Dimitri from: Kiev
    July 11, 2012 12:50 PM
    what a surprise...!!! Hey, Arabs, Russian can't stand you

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