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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow 370.(Photo by: Denis Sinyakov / Reuters)
Russia says 'decisive battle' underway in Syria
By REUTERS
07/18/2012
Moscow's FM Lavrov warns that any new sanctions would be tantamount to direct support for the rebels.
MOSCOW - Russia said on Wednesday that

"It is a dead-end policy to support the opposition. Assad will not go on his own and our Western partners don't know what to do about that."

With violence rising, the West wants Moscow to drop its support for Assad. Along with China, Moscow has vetoed action against the president at the UN Security Council.

But before talks with international peace negotiator Kofi Annan in Moscow on Tuesday, Lavrov signaled no change in Moscow's position.
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