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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:24 AM

 

Russian Envoy Says Syrian Leader Is Losing Control

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Source: New York Times

MOSCOW — Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s top envoy for the Middle East, said on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad’s government was losing control of the country and might be defeated by rebel forces.

“Unfortunately, it is impossible to exclude a victory of the Syrian opposition,” Mr. Bogdanov said — the clearest indication to date that Russia believed Mr. Assad, a longtime strategic ally, could lose in a civil war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

“We must look squarely at the facts, and the trend now suggests that the regime and the government in Syria are losing more and more control and more and more territory,” said Mr. Bogdanov, in remarks to Russia’s Public Chamber, according to the Interfax news service. Russia, he said, is preparing to evacuate its citizens — a complex task, since for decades, Russian women have married Syrian men sent to study in Russia and returned to Syria with them to raise families.

It was the first time an official at Mr. Bogdanov’s level had announced plans for an evacuation, which sent a clear message to the Syrian government that Russia no longer held out hope that the government could prevail. He said Russia had a plan to withdraw its personnel from its embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, but it is not yet necessary. Russia’s press attaché in Damascus confirmed this, telling Interfax that there was “no sharp deterioration” in conditions there.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/world/middleeast/russian-envoy-says-syrian-leader-is-losing-control.html

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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:31 AM

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:31 AM

2. Once again, Russia is late . . .

. . . to the reality party.

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