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Publish Date: 13:53 - 25 February 2013
Continuing bloodshed in Syria can lead to the country’s breakup, the Voice of Russia has cited Russian foreign chief Sergei Lavrov as saying Monday.
"We are closely following the situation [in Syria], and we believe it to be at a crossroads,” he said. "There are those who want the bloodshed to continue, to spread the conflict, which can potentially result in the breakup of the Syrian state,” Mr. Lavrov stressed.

This came today at a meeting between Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem, which has kicked off in Moscow, Olga Denisova reports from the ground.

Russia’s top foreign official has pointed out that the forces who are set to fight till the bitter end are also trying to nip in the bud all attempts at dialogue between the two warring parties.

He added however that more sensible political forces viewed dialogue as the only way out of the crisis, and the number of peace-proponents is rising. "There can be no alternative to a peace settlement in Syria,” Mr. Lavrov noted.

Voice of Russia
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