Russia warns against setting preconditions for Syria

June 18, 2013 12:22

MOSCOW- The Syrian opposition must not set preconditions for attending a peace conference proposed by Moscow and Washington, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments published on Tuesday.

President Vladimir Putin faces pressure at a G8 summit to tone down Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. But Lavrov's remarks, published on the Foreign Ministry website, signaled no change in Moscow's stance that Assad's exit must not be a precondition for talks on ending Syria's civil war.

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