December 20, 2012

Russia Won't Change Its Position on Syria

Fyodor Lukyanov, Russia in Global Affairs

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The world is tired of the never-ending Syrian deadlock, so any news promising change becomes a sensation. Late last week, its author was a special representative of Russia in the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

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