Skip to comments.Russia won't tell Assad to go, sees flexibility among his foes
Posted on 03/08/2013 5:18:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Russia will "absolutely not" tell Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down to end the civil war and make way for a political transition, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments published on Friday.
The remarks to the BBC were a reiteration of Moscow's position that Assad's exit must not be a precondition for a negotiated solution to the two-year-old conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people.
Asked whether there was a chance that Russia would tell Assad he should step down for the sake of a peace agreement, Lavrov replied: "Absolutely not. You know that we're not in the regime-change game."
"We are against interference in domestic conflicts. And this is our position, which should be of no surprise to anyone," he said, according to an English-language version of his comments posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website...
Russia has blocked three U.N. Security Council resolutions meant to push Assad out or press him to end violence, a position that has set it against Western and Arab nations which say he must leave power.
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We are against interference in domestic conflicts. And this is our position
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Who should I root for? The guy who is Iran’s catspaw? Or the rebels who think Assad is too pro-Israel?
There is no good outcome here. The only peace in the middle east is the peace within Israel’s well guarded borders.
The best outcome is for Syria to become a failed state (it probably is in that category now), and for the civil war — already about two years old — to continue for decades, as happened in Lebanon (thanks to the PLO and Iran) and Afghanistan (thanks to the Russians and Taliban).