21 dec

english.ruvr.ru – There were opportunities to put end to Syrian conflict, but they are gone now – Lavrov

There were chances not to escalate the conflict in Syria, but to put it to an end, but they are gone, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told in an exclusive interview with a Russian channel. According to the top official, Russia has tried its best to help find a diplomatic solution for the violence, but was undermined by those countries pushing for immediate intervention.
We are “not in the business of regime change”, Lavrov clarified Russia’s position over the issue once again.
Those who suggest President Assad should leave the country, should address the Syrian president directly, not Russia, Lavrov said.

english.ruvr.ru – ‘Free Syrian Army’ evicted from Yarmouk

Thousands of Palestinian refugees have begun to return to the Yarmouk Refugee Camp near Damascus after an agreement was reached between armed Syrian insurgents and the Syrian authorities.
Under the agreement, the Yarmouk camp was declared a neutral zone and the local Palestinian Authority will assist with security.
All members of the so-called Free Syrian Army must leave the camp and Syrian troops are not to seize it or launch an assault on it.

Situation in Damascus, Yarmuk refugee camp remains tense

This interview taken from a Turkish TV station, Ulusal, from inside Turkey shows how Syrian refugees feel about their homeland and the current government.

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