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Russia rules out voluntary resignation of Syria's Bashar Assad


by Joseph Earnest  June 21, 2012


Newscast Media St. PETERSBURG, Russia—Russia has strongly rejected the idea of a voluntary regime change in Syria and the offer of clemency to its president, Bashar al-Assad by the West.  


In an interview in St. Petersburg, Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "We cannot accept the policy which will be aimed at changing regimes from outside. This has been our policy all along, and we cannot prejudge for the Syrians what the outcome of the political dialogue will be. We strongly support political dialogue.  We strongly support the efforts to stop the violence."


Russia has always insisted on resolving the conflict through peace talks and has used Libya as a reference to what may happen in Syria if there is a regime change.  Last year NATO, with support of the West and Al-Qaeda rebels bombed Tripoli, resulting in the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.  The rebels took over the nation which is now in chaos as killings continue to happen, while the West that supported the rebels looks on.  Putin has emphatically stated he won't allow that to happen to Syria, an ally of Russia.  Below is the interview of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov:



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