Powers should reassess Syria stance: Putin

2012-09-06 14:48

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Western and Arab powers on Thursday to reassess their stance on Syria and ensure the security of its current leadership in any power transition process.

"Why should Russia be the only one reassessing its position? Perhaps our negotiating partners should reassess their position," Putin told Russia Today television.

"Because if you recall what happened in recent years... you will see that far from all of our partners' initiatives ended the way they wanted them to," he said in reference to Western involvement in countries such as Libya.

The Russian leader stressed that talks should still be able to end the escalating violence and insisted that the fate of its Soviet-era ally's new government should be decided by the Syrians themselves.

He also made the security of the regime's negotiating team and leadership a condition of any transition process. Putin made no reference to President Bashar Assad himself.

End the violence

"To us, the most important thing is to end the violence, to force all the sides in the conflict... to sit down at the negotiating table, determine the future and ensure the security of all the participants of the domestic political process," Putin said.

"Only then move on to these practical steps about the internal organisation of the country itself."

Russia has stirred Western and Arab world anger by vetoing three UN Security Council resolutions providing for sanctions against Assad during the 18-month conflict and accused the United States of openly pursuing "regime change".

Putin dismissed criticism that Russia was shielding Assad by using its UN veto and supplying his army with arms.

"We understand perfectly well that changes there are needed, but believe that this does not mean that these changes should be bloody," said Putin.

"We have an equal amount of respect for all," he stressed.

Russia has been holding periodic consultations in Moscow with representatives of Syria's various opposition groups.

But its first meeting with the Syrian National Council in July ended with the umbrella group accusing Moscow of inciting more bloodshed through its stance.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-06 15:18

    ""Why should Russia be the only one reassessing its position?"" Because you are the ONLY one WRONG, you thick head!! ""Should be decided by the Syrians themselves"" THAT is exactly what the Syrians are doing; They want to get rid of these assads !! ""To sit down at a negotiating table"" No Mr Putin, THAT ios not going to happen, because that will only have one result; The continuation of the assads tyranny. ""We have equal amount of respect for all"" That's my clever boy, warm up to the opposition, and than whatever happens, you will keep your base in Syria......!!!!!! And than some say, you are dumb and stupid!!!!!!!!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-06 15:34

    Can't wait for Putin to be shown the door when Assad is gone.

  • Madhi - 2012-09-06 17:22

    Well He is telling everyone that let the west and the arab kingdoms go to hell, I agree with him fully.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-07 07:29

      Yet you use Western inventions all the time. Your car, your computer, the lights in your house, your telephone, your cell phone, the airplanes you fly in. Willing to say "to hell with those" too? I doubt it. You're just like being and empty windbag.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-07 07:40

      Yet you use Western inventions all the time. Your car, your computer, the lights in your house, your telephone, your cell phone, the airplanes you fly in. Willing to say "to hell with those" too? I doubt it. You just like being an empty windbag.

      Madhi - 2012-09-07 10:22

      Hey fred, my pc cheap is a zionist invention, don't take everything to the west now. U forgot to mention, I enjoy western friends too and yes women included, so hell know I wont give up those. Oh my right to point out the wickedness of the western philosophy of might is right is staying put too, so is my western family and western roots. Now, can u bring back the gold and wealth west stole from our worlds and pay for the kidnapping of Africans in particular and others in general that built western economies. I dont think so, why? because the west is going east for jobs and money now hey, is that a 180 degree turn? yeah right I love western things.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-07 15:17

      Um, the middle-men in the slave trade were people of Arab decent. In addition, slavery was rampant in the Middle East, as well as in almost every civilization, unfortunately.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-06 17:59


  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-06 18:08

    Russia must act from the position of power. It is the only language the West understands. Thank God for the Russians , for Putin!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-06 20:48

      Patrick, That is one fact with you silly and childish radicals; You NEVER give up spreading your claptrap to the masses !!! Not one day goes past, and it is PROVEN, over and over again, how wrong you were with Libya, and how wrong you were with Egypt!! But , like a true radical soldier, you don't just dissapear, but go on and on and on, as if you have been in the right all along. It can hardly become more banal and absurd than this !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-07 07:25

      This thought comes from the same mind that believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His words on the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago. Imagine that.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-07 13:56

      Patrick, The 'facts' and whatever 'PROVEN' , only exists in your tiny little radical world. 95 % of this world's population, do not agree with you!! 95 % of Africa's population, do not agree with you !! 95 % of South Africans do not agree with you !! 95 % of News24 readers do not agree with you !! You get the drift???????????????????????????????????

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-07 15:27

      You're "doggedly" anti-West. You hold deep anti-West prejudices. Thus your estimates are obviously biased and distorted. Ask any scientist.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-07 17:09

      . MR 35 % Oops, forgot to add all those 'thumbs up' by yourself !!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-08 13:49

      . The one 'thumbs up' is from me ! You forgot !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-08 21:56

      You suppose wrong. But that doesn't seem to stop you.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-08 20:33

    Now that Egypt has taken sides, Putin is recalculating his power strategy. He doesn't truly care about Syrians and their families. or feel their suffering. Hell, he's been arming Assad and is complicit in their suffering. It should be remembered that Putin was a trained KGB officer in the Soviet Union. The KGB was far worse, far more cruel and cold-blooded than even the Apartheid regime. It was responsible for the torture and killing of thousands upon thousands of people. Putin was trained in that system of oppression. He sees and is interested in one thing and one thing only: power. By any means.

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