January 29th, 2012
05:25 AM ET

Report: Russia favors boosting observers in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (CNN) - Russia's foreign minister is in favor of boosting the number of observers in Syria, saying Sunday he did not understand why the Arab League suspended its monitoring mission.

"We should like to understand why this useful instrument is treated in such a way," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to reports in Russian state media.

The Arab League announced Saturday it was suspending its mission because of a sharp increase in violence.

Monitors representing the 22-nation alliance were in Syria to determine whether President Bashar al-Assad's government was abiding by an agreement with the Arab League to end violence against anti-government protesters.

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  1. Philip

    Russia's foreign minister to Syria isn't "Russia" anymore than than the USA's foreign minister to Israel is "USA". (is there such a person?) It really irks me when a "news" report says something like "All of Russia wants more looky-loos in syria" and then goes on to explain that it's just one man's opinion. The pope is a classic example of one man speaking as if for an entire nation.

    January 29, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Yeah, good idea...send a few more people to watch these idiots slaughter each other. It's at the point where sensible folks just tune out all this Muslim violence. Virtually every news story is about some Muslim group or country or jerk killing someone or blowing someone or something up! These people love this stuff and we need to accept this sad fact. They're primitive religious and tribal people who hate western ideas and us ...period. Some day they'll see the light and get with the 21st century and the world community.

    January 29, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    the russians are so in denial.. the arabs are tired of risking their lives doc u menting the slaughter. the russians a) think it's all a western fantasy, and b) they know a slaughter when they see one – not even a million dead yet...

    January 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |

    WHY NOT telvise it and make it a reality show..

    January 29, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      that would create jobs.. over there.. commercial endorsment would pay camera guys better

      January 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Does the world really need a Syrian Snookie?

      January 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy ©

    Sooo...let me get this straight...the AL left because of increased violence, which they were supposed to be monitoring on the first place...?
    Oh, ok.
    THAT cleared things right up...

    January 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Imagine, if you will, the Arab League strolling down a dark alleyway in south-central LA. (or any US inner city for that matter) What might happen to them? Now, have the Arab League enroll their own children in Penn State's Second Mile program, or visit with one of our illustrious 'holy men' behind closed doors for an hour or so. We are no better than they are, though we appear to be from time to time.

    January 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Monitor peace in person, observe war from a distance! Much healthier!

    January 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©


      January 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy ©

    Good afternoon, bc(iah).

    I find it amusing that RUSSIA favors boosting the observational presence.
    That made me chuckle.

    I found it quite odd that the AL pulled out of monitoring Syria because of....escalating violence.

    Just reminds me of "Monty Python And The Holy Grail"...
    "Run away! Run away!"

    January 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ banasy ©

    Since Russia is so fired up about increasing the number of "observers", are the willing to send their own people to do it ?
    Just don't ask the good ole USA to do it. USA JUST SAY NO

    and BTW Good dafternoo to you too.

    January 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      The USA has enough to observe and report without having to go to Syria.

      January 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy ©

    Well, I certainly hope so too, Ruffie.

    January 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    That bible that our christian president Obama placed his hand on while being sworn into office has a "golden rule"...treat others as you would have them treat you. Most people think this is a good rule until it's applied to nations of peoples. Treating foreign nations as we would have them treat US isn't even considered as an option.

    January 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. citizen

    Why not employ the same strategy in Syria we used in Libya.
    Air strikes and rebels.
    Do something to stop the bloodshed.
    And disregard Russian input as they are ruled by a dictatorship.

    January 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ citzen

    All we managed to do in Libya was to open the door to diiferent tribes to fight amongst themselves. At the present time, they have no controling factors over there. It is the rule of the gun. That's also what we acheived in Iraq. We removed the stabilizing force and now they have tribes fighting amongst themselves.
    We have too many problems here at home that need addressing. Let the Arab League take care of their own people, as we need to be taking care of ours. USA JUST SAY NO

    January 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      It bears repeating...the USA needs to stay out of this.
      Totally and completely.

      January 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ Jj

    Yeah, I read about it on the news reports tis morning. They also broke into the city hall and and started breaking stuff. Now when the police step in, they'll try to play it as police brutality. With the desecration of our flag,
    whatever respect I had for these people is now gone.

    And fernace, if you happen to read this, remember what I said yesterday ? Do you really respect what these people are doing now ? I'm all for freedom of speech and expression and all that, but this is a bridge too far.

    January 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @Bobcat...all that was done in Libya was the massacre of faithful muslims who would never ever side with the invading infidels. Even the Israeli MOSSAD got-in on the action, training and arming over 50,000 men from Libya's neighboring Chad, and then renting them to Gadhafi. As NATO bombed Libyan communities lnown for their allegience to Allah rather than Uncle Sam, citizens were driven from their homes. Upon returning, they were labled "rebels" and murdered by Gadhafi's forces bolstered by Israel.You can pretend I'm making this up, or you can use keywords given and research it for yourself.

    January 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
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