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Russia and the US are to hold consultations on Syria in Moscow on Friday, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday.
He added that special representative on Syria Fred Hof is to take part in the consultations.
“We are engaged in an intensive dialogue on Syria with the US administration. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in permanent contact not only with the Arab League and UN envoy Kofi Annan but also with US Secretary Hilary Clinton,” Lukashevich said.
Jun 7, 2012
"For many months, it has been evident that President Assad and his Government have lost all legitimacy." -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
"US secretary of state Hillary Clinton Thursday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to transfer power and leave his country."
"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday vowed there would be no U.N. Security Council mandate for outside intervention in Syria, indicating Moscow would use its veto to block any military action."
Originally posted by stirling
I am looking for US /Russian co operation here....mabe even military co operation....if the Ruskies are ready to jump off i am sure the US has a few airborn troops it could add to an international peace keeping force.....Throw in some heavy weapons already in theater or next door, and youve got instant peace.......
Russia, US discuss Syria
Jun 8, 2012 20:39 Moscow Time
Emerging from Moscow consultations Friday, Kremlin Middle East envoy Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, US Ambassador Michael McFaul and Department of State Syria coordinator Fred Hoff announced to the press that they had agreed on the need to intensify international efforts in support of Kofi Annan’s settlement plan.
Overall, however, the American position on Syria has been rather inconsistent. Calls to support the Annan plan have been interspersed with intervention threats and mantra-like argumentation that the Assad regime must go. Russia and China, on the contrary, have been insisting that the future of Syria and its government mast be decided by the Syrian people. Both Moscow and Beijing have been strongly rejecting accusations of backing ‘a repressive regime’ in order to destabilize Syria.
International envoy Kofi Annan has been calling for a coordinated international stance, which would help the Syrians carry out a peaceful transition to democracy.
Russia, on its part, has proposed an international conference on Syria.
Mr Vitaly Churkin is Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations:
"The international contact group that was proposed by Mr Annan cannot be started without an international conference bringing together all powers who wield influence on the conflicting Syrian sides. Not only on the government, but also on the variety of factions within the Syrian opposition."
The proposed conference would be radically different from the ones that have been held by ‘The Friends of Syria’, at which ‘The Friends’ stubbornly reiterated their calls for the Assad regime to quit. Accordingly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said he would not be surprised if some of ‘The Friends’ ignored the proposed conference.
Russia political analyst Dr Viacheslav Nikonov has urged the UN to consider armed peace-keeping in Syria:
"The 300 unarmed observers can do nothing to restore peace to Syria. I believe my government would support an armed peace-keeping mission and even contribute troops to it."
Syria is to dominate upcoming talks between Mr Lavrov and his US counterpart Hillary Clinton.
Moscow, June 9 (RIA Novosti)
A bus carrying Russian passengers came under fire in Syria on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“Today a bus that was carrying Russian specialists was attacked in western Damascus,” Lavrov said, noting that it was not the first such incident.
Yesterday a building in Damascus where Russian specialists live was fired at from a grenade launcher.
“One grenade hit the second floor wall, causing damage to the building. Fortunately, no one was injured,” Lavrov said.