Syria: meeting of Syrian and Russian leaders

Michael Bogdanov .jpgNov. 7, 2012, MOSCOW, (SANA) - Special representative of the Russian President for the Middle East affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov discussed with the Syrian ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad the latest developments in Syria and the region.

A statement for the Russian Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that during their meeting, the two sides discussed means of accelerating measures to put an end to the acts of violence in Syria and adopting the peaceful solution through a national comprehensive dialogue.

Pushkov: Majority of Syrians Support President al-Assad, Russia and US Stances Differ Regarding Resolving Syrian Crisis

Chairman of the Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov affirmed in a press conference on Wednesday in Moscow that the majority of Syrians support President Bashar al-Assad, pointing out that the stances of Russia and the United States differ regarding resolving the crisis in Syria, rejecting the opinion that says that goals are one but the methods are different.

Pushkov said that the goal presented by the US isn't strictly the establishing of a democratic Syria and preserving its unity and territorial integrity; rather the primary US goal as State Secretary Hillary Clinton has stated repeatedly is to depose President al-Assad, asserting that this is the only missions the Americans seek to accomplish in Syria and they claim that freedom, democracy and prosperity will prevail after that.

He noted that the US administration is making amendments to this unrealistic policy, as it's become clear to everyone that deposing President al-Assad will not lead to these results automatically, explaining that Clinton announced that the Istanbul Council isn't the sole representative of the opposition and now they're betting on other formations within the opposition, saying that this represents an unseen backtracking of US policy but their main goal remains the same.

In an interview with SANA's correspondent in Moscow, Pushkov said that the US policy is changing, as Washington used to rely exclusively on Istanbul Council and the so-called free army, but now US officials have reached the conclusion that there are extremist Islamist groups that pose a risk to the US and the west in general, which is why they're trying to expand cooperation beyond the Istanbul Council and form an opposition that's more acceptable to the west and the Syrians as well.

He said that Washington listened to some degree to Russian and Chinese warnings about the danger of supporting and arming the Syrian opposition, but it still refuses to acknowledge that the Syrian government is supported by the majority of Syrians, which is very important and cannot be ignored or underplayed.

Pushkov went on to say that Russia insists on carrying out the goals of the Geneva declaration, particularly launching dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition, affirming that this is the only way that can accommodate those who support the opposition as well as those who support the Syrian government who, according to Pushkov's own experience and observations made during his visit to Damascus in February, constitute a large number of Syrians.

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Note: The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda and its financial and military aid to terrorist groups. Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists and C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar...

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