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Moscow Defends Syrian Regime Against Threat Of Foreign Interference

August 21, 2012

Russia has defended Syria's government against the threat of foreign interference one day after U.S. President Barack Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would represent a "red line."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the only thing foreign players should do in Syria is create conditions for dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and opposition fighters.

He was speaking after talks in Moscow with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil.

Obama warned the Syrian government of "enormous consequences" -- suggesting possible unilateral military action -- if Damascus uses or moves its chemical weapons.

Lavrov said an understanding was reached with Syrian officials on August 21 that "national reconciliation" should be a top priority to stop bloodshed and "provide conditions for inter-Syrian negotiations."

Based on reporting by AFP, ITAR-TASS, and Interfax

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-defends-syrian-regime-against-threat-foreign-interference/24683854.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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