Russia says position unchanged on Syria after envoy comments

MOSCOW Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:38am EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday it had not changed policy on Syria, distancing itself from comments by a diplomat who said it could not be ruled out that President Bashar al-Assad's opponents might win.

The comments on Thursday by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov were welcomed by Washington, where State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Russia had "finally woken up to reality".

But Russia's Foreign Ministry said Bogdanov had merely reiterated the country's position on Syria. Moscow wants a deal to be reached on the basis of an agreement secured at an international meeting in Geneva earlier this year.

(Reporting by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heriotage)

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WildStallion wrote:
It’s a game of chess and the Reaper owns the game and decides he wins.
Rushia is just watching the game. The U.S. has the side bet pool.

Dec 14, 2012 3:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
tbro wrote:
Ahhh-Dictator Putin has spoken Off to the gulag to join the Pussy Riot women for Bogdanov!

Dec 14, 2012 6:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
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