Russia warns Assad may face sad fate
Moscow - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned Syria's ruler that he will face a "sad fate" if he fails to introduce reforms and open a peaceful dialogue with the opposition.
Medvedev said on Thursday in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that he has encouraged Syrian President Bashar Assad to carry out quick reforms and talk to the opposition. Medvedev said that if Assad fails to do that he will face a "sad fate".
His comments followed a statement by a senior Russian diplomat signalling that Moscow might drop its opposition to a UN Security Council resolution criticising Syria.
Last month, Russia and China had threatened to veto a UN resolution that would condemn the violence in Syria, which would effectively block the vote.