Russian lawmakers in Damascus for talks with Assad, opposition

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A Russian delegation of lawmakers arrived in Damascus on Saturday to meet President Bashar al-Assad and opposition members in a bid to initiate talks, Interfax news agency reported.

“Russia cares about the fate of the Syrian people. That’s why we want to find a way to stop a negative scenario developing,” said Ilias Oumakhanov, vice president of Russia’s upper house.

“Russia is against any external interference in Syria’s domestic problems and is ready to assist where it can with internal political dialogue, which should take place in a peaceful atmosphere, without victims,” he said.

“We intend to assess the situation, lead the consultations with the different political forces,” he added.

No date was given for the Damascus meeting with Assad, and it was not clear which opposition forces the delegation intended to meet.

Russia has continued to support the Syrian regime despite its crackdown on protests that the United Nations estimates to have killed 2,600 people.

Moscow has refused to support Western sanctions against Assad and argued that equal pressure should also be placed on the protesters who refuse to engage Assad in direct talks.

President Dmitry Medvedev has said that some of those taking part in the Syrian demonstration had links to “terrorists.”

AFP

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10 responses to “Russian lawmakers in Damascus for talks with Assad, opposition”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “Russia is against any external interference …. ”
        Hmmm … I try to imagine Russian Democracy … seem to recall that some were not happy with it …

    1. Patience2 Avatar

      This term ‘Russian Democracy’ brings new clarity to the meaning of the term ‘oxymoron’.  Go ahead — use the ‘Wictionary’ to get a definition of ‘oxymoron’, you’ll be amused when you think about it. Really amused.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Yes Dear … that’s how I meant it. 🙂

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    “Russia is against any external interference …. ”
        Hmmm … I try to imagine Russian Democracy … seem to recall that some were not happy with it …

    1.  Avatar

      This term ‘Russian Democracy’ brings new clarity to the meaning of the term ‘oxymoron’.  Go ahead — use the ‘Wictionary’ to get a definition of ‘oxymoron’, you’ll be amused when you think about it. Really amused.

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        Yes Dear … that’s how I meant it. 🙂

  3. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    russia  do,nt give a damm about the syrian people,  and do,nt care about there fate ,all they want is to sell syria more weapons  ,so russia make more money;
    if the syrian regeme use those weapons to kill sunnis women and children in the middleast , russia will be happier because they
    could sell more weapons . this is the country russia who sent 15000 military advisor to supervise the syrianarmy ,when they were killing civilians in lebanon , when they have massaccered 100.000 lebaneese women and children in lebanon with the supervision and the support of the russians ; this is the country who supported genocide against civilans in lebanon and syria; now they talking about human rights!!!!!!

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    russia  do,nt give a damm about the syrian people,  and do,nt care about there fate ,all they want is to sell syria more weapons  ,so russia make more money;
    if the syrian regeme use those weapons to kill sunnis women and children in the middleast , russia will be happier because they
    could sell more weapons . 

  5. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    democracy and freedom should prevail in syria ,and the middleast and the world, just like what president bush said that freedom is god,s gift to every human beiing on earth , and it is not a men,s gift to other man ,people in syria should be free to choose there own leader , not the leader in syria should be free  choose the people he wants to keep alive , the syrian people,s basic human rights should be restored , and they should be allowed to go the pole and vote and choose there leader, democracy should prevail  regardless of the sacrifices ,and democracy  and freedom  is what god wants all his children on earth to have .

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    democracy and freedom should prevail in syria ,and the middleast and the world, just like what president bush said that freedom is god,s gift to every human beiing on earth , and it is not a men,s gift to other man ,people in syria should be free to choose there own leader , not the leader in syria should be free  choose the people he wants to keep alive , the syrian people,s basic human rights should be restored , and they should be allowed to go the pole and vote and choose there leader, democracy should prevail  regardless of the sacrifices ,and democracy  and freedom  is what god wants all his children on earth to have .

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