Russia's new push for Syria dialogue unlikely to be fruitful

November 26, 2014 6:46 AM

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Russia's new push for Syria dialogue unlikely to be fruitful

MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Fresh Russian efforts to encourage Syrian peace talks are unlikely to make progress because Moscow rejects opposition and Western calls for the swift departure of President Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow has long-supported Assad, including with arms supplies for Syria, but he has become a more important ally for Russia since the Arab Spring protests toppled leaders in the Middle East, some of whom had close ties with Moscow.

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