Russia looks set to send a fact-finding mission to Syria to gain first hand experience of the situation on the ground.
Members of the Syrian opposition met with deputies from Russia’s upper house as the Kremlin initiated moves to find a political solution to the unrest, which has so far claimed more than 2,000 lives.
In an exclusive interview with this channel President Dimitry Medvedev indicated he was willing to discuss Syria at the UN, but feared a repetition of the situation in Libya.
“And those who raise the anti-government slogans they’re not just supporters of the refined European democracy. These are very diverse people. Some of them are, frankly, extremists. Some of them may even be called terrorists. So the situation shouldn’t be idealised, but rather we must proceed based on the balance of forces and interests. We are ready to support a variety of approaches, but they should not be based on a unilateral condemnation of acts of the government and President Assad.”
Russia wants those opposed to Assad to negotiate with his government to try to find a solution to the violence, which grows ever more bloody by the day. Assad’s opponents refuse.