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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 07:59 PM

Russia's support "arsenal" for Assad exhausted: Kremlin

(Reuters) - Moscow can do no more for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Kremlin aide said on Monday, opening the way to a shift in Russia's position after 10 months of bloodshed.

Russia has resisted pressure to call for Assad's resignation and, with China, blocked a Western-crafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned a crackdown that has killed thousands of Syrians.

But Mikhail Margelov, a senior lawmaker who is President Dmitry Medvedev's special Africa envoy and has engaged in diplomacy over Syria, said Russia's diplomatic 'arsenal' was now exhausted.

"Our) veto on the U.N. Security Council resolution was the last instrument allowing Bashar al-Assad to maintain the status quo in the international arena," Margelov was quoted as saying by the state-run Itar-Tass news agency.


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TheWraith Jan 2012 #1
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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 08:02 PM

1. Apparently, even they're getting tired of the devil they know.

Either that, or Assad has run out of liquid cash to spend on weapons.

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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 10:33 PM

2. Russia has supplied Syria with weapons in the past, and they have not paid.

Syria has orders for planes that Russia is busy making and will not have finished by 2013, and they don't know what to do. If Assad goes down, then Russia sits with the planes. Apparently, same as happened with Algeria.

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