Friday, June 8, 2012

Australia: Russia works with US on Syrian solution

The Sydney Morning Herald

Russia to talk Syria transition with US

Flavia Krause-Jackson
AS SYRIA slides towards civil war, Russia is signalling that it no longer views President Bashar al-Assad's position as tenable and is working with the US to seek an orderly transition.

A US delegation headed by Fred Hof, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's special adviser on Syria, is scheduled to meet Russian counterparts tomorrow in Moscow. They will try to forge a common approach to moving Dr Assad aside - or even out of the country - with a goal of replacing him with someone acceptable to both sides in the conflict.

Under newly elected Russian President Vladimir Putin, an evolution from support for Russia's main Middle East ally could break a diplomatic deadlock.

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