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Russia: West 'instigating' Syrian opposition

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Aug. 22, 2012, 5:21 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gives a press conference on August 20, 2012 with his Finnish counterpart in Helsinki.
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MOSCOW — Russia says Western powers are "openly instigating" Syrian opposition groups to take up arms in their fight to unseat President Bashar Assad.

Moscow has been Syria's key protector throughout the 17-month uprising that evolved into a full-blown civil war, shielding Assad's regime from international sanctions and providing it with weapons despite an international outcry.

Russia's Foreign Ministry claimed Wednesday that the West "has done nothing" to urge Assad's opponents to start a dialogue with his government. It claimed that the "pharisaical" Western approach to the Syrian civil war does not help resolve the conflict that has killed an estimated 19,000 people.

The Kremlin, backed by fellow veto-wielding U.N. Security Council member China, has blocked any plans that would call on Assad to step down.

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Byron Hill Aug. 23, 2012, 7:29 a.m.    

"Western powers are "openly instigating"...say's the supplier of arms to the Assad regime. If the west should interfere with Assad's domestic genocide mr. putin has threatened Mr. Obama with like force. If a conflict ensues between the super power and the remnants of the soviet dream it would prove to be an advantageous moment for the Russian opposition. If putin and his kgb led administration were to seek to assert their Napoleonic delusions, it would be the most opportune moment for the opposition parties to unite and destabilize the country from within. It is what the youthful students on college campuses did in the USA when their government invaded Vietnam and was progressing into other countries with their campaign of imposing “democracy by bombs.”
If Putin chooses to continue his support of the genocide in Syria and interferes with any viable plan to rescue the innocent with force equal to Assad’s terror, then it is time for all citizens of Russia to dismantle the last vestige of the soviet regime just as the Syrians have crippled the corrupt government of the Assad family.

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