Britain detects slight Russian shift on Syria in talks

May 13, 2013 12:13

WASHINGTON - Britain has detected a subtle shift in Russia's attitude to the Syrian conflict which it hopes may make it easier to organize a peace conference aimed at overseeing a political transition.

Though Russia shows no signs of withdrawing its backing for Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, a meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday suggested Moscow was more willing to engage with the West on Syria, British sources said.The meeting ran on far longer than scheduled and was dominated by Syria.

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