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Russian Federation Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov speaks during the 19th OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 06 December 2012. EPA photo

Russian Federation Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov speaks during the 19th OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, 06 December 2012. EPA photo

Russia said on Monday it opposed any setting of preconditions for talks between the Syrian government and its enemies, and that plans for the country's political future cannot be forced on it from outside, Reuters has reported.

The Foreign Ministry repeated calls for an end to fighting and start of talks between the Syrian government and opposition but said Russia rejected "attempts to force prepared recipes for socio-political development" on the Middle Eastern nation.

Islamist rebels seize key north Syria army base: NGO

Syrian Islamist rebels, led by the radical Al-Nusra Front, seized a strategic army base in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on Monday after weeks of fierce fighting, a watchdog said.

"Al-Nusra Front, alongside several Islamist rebel battalions linked to it, have seized control of the army base headquarters at Sheikh Suleiman," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

December/10/2012

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Ken Alden

12/10/2012 7:09:33 PM

What ever Russia has been, is or will be in the Future; her Voice counts, specially in the Region of former UAR, i.e; Egypt, Irak & Syria! It is also obvious that Russia itself is staying out of the fry of Moslem Nations, having le learned her lesson, quite well, in Afghanjstan as well as the fastering wouns of Chechnia. If Russia so wanted she could have circumvented the Arms blockade to Syria, via Iran. In this instance it will behoove well to pay attention to Russia's admonishments!

mara mcglothin

12/10/2012 6:59:00 PM

WE should all sit back and let the best man win in Syria. I am not for any intervention of any kind by anyone. Let them determine their own destiny. Period.

joe Maddin

12/10/2012 5:02:14 PM

Soon to be amputated from al Nusra, the Free Syrina Army is dead.

R Collins

12/10/2012 2:43:05 PM

That wasn't Russia's position when it grabbed a couple of provinces from Georgia. But then Russia still lives in Orwell's 1984 world under Putin.

Blue Dotterel

12/10/2012 11:57:40 AM

NATO's allies. Secularists and democrats should be supporting Assad, not these fanatical murderers.
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