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PublishDate: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 14:07

Russia reiterates opposition to foreign interference in Syria

Russia has been persuading its partners that democratic changes should take place in a civilized manner and without external intervention.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again warned against any foreign intervention in Syria while on a rare visit to the Middle East.

“From the very beginning of the so-called Arab Spring, Russia has been persuading its partners that democratic changes should take place in a civilized manner and without external intervention,” Putin said after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Monday, AFP reported.

He also called on all sides involved in the Syrian crisis to return to the negotiating table, adding that he considered negotiations as the only solution to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

He stressed that all disputes should be resolved on the basis of international law, saying "it is unacceptable to think of mutual destruction,” regardless of who is voicing such threats.

Moscow is pushing for an international conference on Syria and has already discussed the plan with some countries including Iran, Iraq and Jordan as well as the European Union.


Russia and China, two permanent members of the UN Security Council, have already vetoed two Western-backed UN draft resolutions against Syria.

The Russian president is also scheduled to meet acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday to discuss stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks which have been on hold since late September 2010.

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