Russia welcomes Syria opposition decision to join peace talks: Diplomat

Russia on Sunday welcomed a decision by Syria`s opposition to attend an international peace conference next week alongside representatives of a regime they seek to overthrow.

Russia appeals for political transition in Syria

Russia appealed Saturday for a political transition in Syria, a day after UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held tripartite talks in Geneva on ending the nearly two-year-old crisis.

Russia invites Syrian opposition chief for talks

Russia has sent an invitation for talks to the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Russia`s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

Russia now says diplomat didn’t talk of Assad`s fall

In a volte-face, the Russian Foreign Ministry denied that a top diplomat said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is losing control of his country.

Russia acknowledges Assad losing control

At the same time, Bogdanov reaffirmed Russia`s call for a compromise, saying it would take the opposition a long time to defeat the regime and Syria would suffer heavy casualties.

Russia to hold talks with Syria opposition in July

Russia will also hold talks with officials from Syrian President Bashar Assad`s government and UN envoy Kofi Annan this month.

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