13 December 2012, 14:12

Syrian opposition victory possible, but at an absolutely unacceptable price – Moscow

Syrian opposition victory possible, but at an absolutely unacceptable price – Moscow

Moscow has admitted the possibility that the Syrian opposition may emerge victorious as government forces continue to lose more territory as the conflict rages on, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

An opposition victory in Syria cannot be ruled out and Russia is working on plans to evacuate its citizens from the Middle Eastern nation if necessary, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin's special envoy for Middle East affairs as saying on Thursday.

"One must look the facts in the face ... the regime and government in Syria is losing control of more and more territory," state-run RIA quoted the envoy, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, as saying. "Unfortunately, the victory of the Syrian opposition cannot be ruled out."

Moscow warns Syria rebels could seize chemical weapons

Moscow has voiced concern that Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of rebels and terrorists.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov warned Thursday of emerging terrorist hotbeds that had been sprouting throughout Syria and the Sinai Peninsula.

“Al-Qaeda extremists constitute a large part of the armed opposition forces,” he said, adding Syrian militants could and actually had already been seizing arms stockpiles.

In the long run, Mr. Bogdanov said, the same fate would befall the government’s chemical arsenal.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RT, Reuters

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