September 9th, 2013
05:41 AM ET

Russia calls for talks in Moscow on Syria

Russia's foreign minister Monday called for international talks in Moscow to promote a peace process for Syria and avert an American military strike.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his Syrian counterpart, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, "said quite clearly Damascus is ready to participate in a positive way" in negotiations.

Lavrov blamed U.S.-backed rebels in Syria for preventing a peace conference in Geneva. He said the Russian government would work to rebuild support for that idea.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Nothing good has come from a Russian government since February of 1917.
    Of course they want to play games on their own field. I cannot take seriously anything the Russians think about human rights.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    When I was a little boy, we learned in school that the USA (called America) was the most powerful nation in the world. That was correct. We had the power to control and teach a place like Syria.
    Things changed. I liked it the old way.
    We should think about what happened to our country.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That which you wish to rebuild you must first destroy. That's American foreign policy.

      September 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    Now they want to talk?

    September 9, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Should we stay or should we go now, if we stay there will be trouble, if we go it may be double? I think our ships should stay, we should ramp up UN presence, if there is another chemical use, the UN can get in there faster. I think just our presence will deter the use. We can talk to Russia, but in mutual or other grounds than Russia. Asshead can come, but be exposed to question and answer, not bob and weave the direct questions imposed upon him.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Should there not be some publicity about American war crimes, before the US kills anymore people in the ME? Depleted uranium cluster bombs, White phosphorous, Napalm in Fallujah, Abhu Ghrabid torture.

    September 9, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    The American Empire has thus officially reached a point where wisdom is a direct threat to national security .

    September 9, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Mary and the chess game continues? And the beat goes on? la di da di da Drums keep pounding the war chant to the brain? Too many unknowns to go to war.

      September 9, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    The "IF'S. If there are chemicals? If there are should; If Asshead does not know about them? Then would Al Qaeda be the reason? Did some of these fall into their hands? And if they are should Asshead's army be fighting them and has he lost control of the chemicals? And since a christian community has fallen into Al Qaeda hands, should Asshead be protecting the christians?

    September 9, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    In a twist of irony that has escaped mainstream commentators, during the week of 9/11, the US is considering a course of action that will empower Al-Qaeda, i.e. bombing Syria

    September 9, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      If we need permission from Asshead, to bomb the Al Qaeda there, let's get it. We have satelites to see were bomb are launched from, give us intel Syrian leader, let us work with Asshead? No easy answers.

      September 9, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Al Qaeda factions are working with the rebels. Even is Assad cane to his senses, and laid down every weapon, would the rebels?
      I said this two years ago to great derision: the rebels seem as bloodthirsty as Assad. And the beat goes on.

      September 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Folks read former Asst.Secy Paul Craig Roberts blistering attack on US push for attack on Syria in "Information Clearing house". @dazzle@chrissy@bobcat@Scottish Mama.Worth a read.

    September 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    The German Press today has published reports that Assad did not order the Chemical attack.

    September 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    California based Global Research Inst published report that S.Arabia's Prince Bandar is behind the planned alleged chemical attack. Global Research.ca

    September 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @JI-F
    US lost its credibility, moral integrity and clout beginning invasion of Iraq. The sole superpower had some obligations which were ignored.
    Past 11 yrs have seen us slide down that path further.

    September 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Attacking Syria to make a political point against overwhelming public opposition and without international consensus would be a costly strategic mistake.
    A win win for Russia, China and AlQaeda.

    September 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Since when has Congress ever cared about their constituents? Commentary from their various offices have overwhelming support AGAINST a strike in Syria, in one case "better than 9/10 against."

      September 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    trying to prove that we are the most powerful nation and wounding ourselves in the process after debacles of Iraq and Afghanistan is going a fool's way.
    The way of the likes of McCain and Graham and King and Cantor and Pelosi and all that is wrong with our Congress.

    September 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm getting rather sick of Congress believing its own hyperbole.

      September 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Zandie

    Good post,saywhat. Thank you.

    September 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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