Russia’s `top priority is to stop violence in Syria`

Syria is facing mounting international pressure to end the bloody crackdown on the uprising against Bashar al Assad`s rule.

Moscow: Stopping violence in Syria, regardless of its source, is the top priority to bring an end to the eight-month-old unrest in the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has said.

"The main goal is to stop violence in Syria immediately, regardless of its source, and to resolve all internal problems in the country through a comprehensive national dialogue towards democratisation, political, social and economic reforms and in the interests of all Syrians," Bogdanov said during a meeting here with Syrian Ambassador Riyad Haddad yesterday.

Syria is facing mounting international pressure to end the bloody crackdown on the uprising against President Bashar al Assad`s rule that the UN says has killed more than 3,500 people.
The European Union and the United States have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Assad and his regime, including a ban on the import of Syrian oil.

PTI

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