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Russia tells U.S. it will continue backing Syria’s Assad

Russian diplomats told a top visiting US dignitary on Friday that Moscow would continue backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign against rebel forces despite peace talks due later this month. US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s visit came ahead of a crunch meeting in Paris on Monday between her…

Russia urges Syrian president to meet with moderate rebels

Russia said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could engage in peace talks with the more moderate elements of the armed opposition at a meeting in Geneva next month. “I do not rule out that the armed opposition, if it does not stand for extremist or terrorist views, could…

Syria tentatively accepts Russia’s suggestion they surrender chemical weapons arsenal

Moscow is currently in talks with Damascus to develop a “concrete plan” for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons arsenal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “We (Russia) are currently working on preparing a workable, precise and concrete plan and for this there are literally right…

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