Russia's Medvedev lauds Syria reform plans

MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised Syrian President Bashar Assad's reform plans during a telephone conversation on Wednesday, the Kremlin said.
"The Russian president supported the Syrian leadership's intention to begin the internal transformations announced by Bashar Assad with the aim of preventing the unfavorable development of the situation and human casualties, for the sake of preserving civil peace," the Kremlin said in a statement.
Some protesters in Syria have rejected limited reform gestures by Assad, who has faced demonstrations for greater freedoms in the tightly controlled nation where more than 60 people have been killed in three weeks of unrest.