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. banasy©

    I have one name. Banasy. Stop projecting. Thanks.

    September 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Still stumped by the function of the reply button?

    September 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    This Russian Move concerted with Syria , is the smartest move ever to defuse the crisis and deprive the US war camp of their strongest argument for war.The proposition creates are rift inside the fragile coalition and destroys the case for war.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    At a time,when they are gathering support inside US and abroad for yet another aggression on an arab country their principal argument falls apart.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    If the US doesnt strike and go for a settlement, the Saudis lost, the Qatari lost, and Israel lost. We were contemplating a total war on Syria, and the prospect of total annihilation of Syria's Infrastructure and military capabilities at a time when it is starting to win on insurgents.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    As for the Chemical Weapons.They can take years to be monitored, (ten years at least to build a destruction facilty ) while at the same time the Russians provide the Syrians with more advanced conventional weapons, that can prove to be far more effective and deterrent than the chemical weapons.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    @ saywhat, I suggest you go to face book and look up Syriangirl patrician for an egaging conversation on the this with people of the same reason in this debate.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Being blocked @ saywhat

    September 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rascal Rabble

    oh pleeze...how disingenuous! "made in russia" was probally on the sarin containers. sorry buddie, there's a HUGE
    conflict-of-interest plank in your eye!

    September 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Trust me, both Putin and Assad are laughing their behinds off right now 😉

    September 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    oh pleeze...how disingenuous! "made in rusha" is probally all over those sarin containers...sorry comrade, you have a big plank in your eyye known as conflict of interest...

    September 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    blockage@Mary is CNN's sole prerogative and we bloggers have to contend with whatever & whenevr we can get in.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    and yes Russians wily move is certain to stump the war cravers to an extent.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Pr.Obama tells Wolfblitzer that Syria lacks any capability of retaliating against US significantly.
    Well Syria never had that capability or intent to move against US.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    If Russian proposal is well received then war would become a harder sell both at home and abroad.Let us see how it goes.
    Syria has already acquiesced to monitoring of its chemical weapons.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
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