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Russia: No asylum plans for Assad

2012-07-28 20:27

Moscow - Russia has made no agreement to grant Syrian President Bashar Assad asylum and is "not even thinking about" doing so, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

The remarks fell short of a statement that Russia would not consider taking in Assad, but were among Moscow's strongest indications yet that it is not planning to do so.

"We have said more than once publicly that we are not even thinking about this," Lavrov said when asked about media reports Russia was ready to offer Assad asylum.

"There is no agreement, no thought about this issue," Lavrov told reporters on a flight to Moscow from the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where he and President Vladimir Putin met Japan's foreign minister.

"This is all a provocation by those who want to place all the blame for what is happening in Syria on us and on China."

Lavrov reiterated statements by Putin and other Russian officials that Moscow has no special relationship with the Syrian government, suggesting it might make more sense for a Western nation to take him in.

"We are not and have not been the closest friends of the Syrian regime. Its best friends are in Europe, and if somebody wants to resolve this issue in such a way, let them think about their capabilities."

Russia has said it is not propping up Assad and would accept his exit from power in a political transition decided by the Syrian people, but that his exit must be a precondition and he must not be pushed out by external forces.

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-28 22:00

    Well maybe they'd make an exemption for asylum of the lunatic variety. Assad is truly mad to think that - in the light of recent history - he could possibly prevail.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-07-28 22:32

      Like all regimes this Assad one is going down just a matter of time.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-29 00:24

      @patrick - quite simply because the people of Syria want him gone and he refuses to go. There's nothing sinister in helping people get rid of maniacal dictators. Well, unless you're a maniacal dictator yourself.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-29 03:35

      Patrick maintains an immature anti-West core-belief that unwittingly leads him to support the wholesale slaughter of Muslims and their families by unelected dictators, armed by neo-Communist regimes. He still doesn't know he's doing this.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-29 08:35

      The most amazing part of discussing the Syria issue on these sites, is that this Fidel and this Patrick support a Dictator/Mass Murderer. What makes this even more ,totally unbelievable, is that both come from a country with a history of oppression, and have more than likely suffered badly. Both of them are masters in confusion, and will go to any length, to deny the Syrians their demand; an end to 50 years of tyranny. How shallow their arguments are, one can see, with a question I put to both of these radicals, a number of times, during the past 18 months; 'What would YOU have done, living in Syria, and you are fed up with 'your' dictatorship, with no elections in the past 50 years, and being sick and tired having to live under FEAR!! 'WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE' ???? From both; Not a peep !! Only silly and childish anti Western crap !!!

  • peanutcluster - 2012-07-29 08:40

    @lacrimose - you say the people of Syria want him gone. How do you know that for certain? I think the free Syria army are mercenaries and terrorists armed and sponsored by Saudi Arabia? I think Assad's defending his country and I think its right that certain European countries as well as Russia support Syria against interference from the medieval theocracy in Saudi!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-29 09:01

      Peanut, ""you say the people of Syria want him gone. How do you know that for certain?"" For FIFTY YEARS, the opposition in Syria have 'asked' for elections, if these would have been held; your question would have been answered!! WHY, does a dictator not hold elections???? Cause he has so much support ??? Wake up !!!

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-29 09:58

      @peanut: By the way what is monarchy if not the most open and impudent form of dictatorship? Big democracy lovers seem to turn a blind eye on their regal friends like Qatar Saudi Arabia Emirates Yemen so on where power has been concentrated in hands of one family for much longer than any of fallen dictators stayed at power.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-30 17:52

      Peanut you either are a democrat or you a not.

  • peanutcluster - 2012-07-29 09:46

    Anthony, I'm wide awake, that's why I question things. Saudi is arming and financing the free Syria mercenaries. The same Saudi who sent tanks to quell the uprising in Bahrain and where women have less rights than black people had under apartheid! Don't you find it a strange that Saudi is the US's closest ally in the region after Israel? Saudi is a vigorous advocate for violent overthrow of Assad and it has nothing to do with wanting to spread democracy! Get your head out of the hole Anthony!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-30 05:01

      Not really. You've effectively blinded yourself to the close on eleven months of peaceful demonstrations by tens of thousands of Syrians who just want to vote, responded to by the unelected dictator of Syria with the killing of thousands with SNIPER FIRE, and the detention, torture and rape of tens of thousands more. This was long before Saudi Arabia (and Turkey and Qatar) decided to help, since the freer world was doing nothing. So you are not awake. You've blinded yourself.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-29 09:48

    Why he should ask for asylum if he doesnt need one? This time western-orchestrated scenario which has been recently implemented in countries of N.Africa is not going to work as the whole world can see what a bunch of double faced bastards are yanks and israelis. Russia keep themselves out of interference as it was proven by them for so many times. AS for America its time to wake up and start sorting out their debt instead waging endless wars and falling even deeper into financial black hole.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-29 10:34

      Diana, Firstly I cannot recall ,anyone on this site, who wants this assad terrorist out, saying that he/she favours the political systems in Saudi Arabia, Yemen or that one in Bahrain. It just suits you to say so, and than you just make it up !! But although there have been demonstrations in these countries , and yes also deaths, one cannot compare this, as what is going on in Syria. For instance, the last demonstrator/opposition member killed in Bahrain was two montgs ago, the day before the Bahrain GP. Since that day , THOUSANDS of Syrian oppostion members have been slaughtered by assad's terrorist army. But, we agree at least on something; This assad dog should not get asylum, he should either be hung from a high tree or put on a flight to The Hague. And to blame the West for the North Arican uprisings, and those in the ME, is absurd, and just plain silly and childish. I also note, that besides making political comments , you are also an economic/financial expert; WOW !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-30 04:55

      Sad that Diana Gill is still blind to ultra-oppression and violence by an unelected dictator, armed by a neo-Soviet regime, against Syrians who just want to vote. Sad.

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