Russia says Arab League abandons Syria peace bids

MOSCOW - Russia on Thursday accused the Arab League of abandoning support for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria and said it had cast doubt over the mandate of UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi by giving a summit seat to the Syrian opposition.
Opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib took Syria's vacant seat on Tuesday at the Arab summit, which also has lent its support to giving military aid to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad.