Western press accounts jumped on suggestions today that Russia may be backing away from the beleaguered regime of Bashar al-Assad. According to reported remarks of Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s point-person for Middle East diplomacy, “As far as the victory of the opposition is concerned, it cannot be ruled out, and, to our regret, one should face the facts. The tendency is right in that direction, the regime and the authorities are increasingly losing control over an increasing territory.
- Russia admits Assad may be ousted by Syrian opposition (guardian.co.uk)
- Russia says Syrian rebels might win; car bomb kills 16 (news.yahoo.com)
- Russia denies its diplomat talked of Assad’s fall (news.yahoo.com)