Russia’s Position on Civil War in Syria: Any chance for cooperation with the West?
After talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Paris on October 31st, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again opposed the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as well as external military intervention in Syria. Russia is holding its ground that in view of the growing conflict in Syria, the most important task of the international community is to encourage both sides of the civil war to stop fighting, and that the political future of Syria should be decided in the framework of the peace negotiations. Andrzej Turkowski from the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) discusses Russia and the Syrian conflict.
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