Russia says ideas aired by Syria's Assad should be heeded

MOSCOW Wed Jan 9, 2013 8:37am EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday ideas aired by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a speech on Sunday - criticized by his opponents, the United States and the U.N. chief - should be taken into account in the search for a solution to the conflict.

Assad "affirmed readiness for the launch of an inter-Syrian dialogue and for reforming the country on the basis of Syria's sovereignty ... and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman)