Skip to comments.Russia welcomes any offer to give Assad refuge
Posted on 12/22/2012 2:38:54 PM PST by F15Eagle
BEIRUT (AP) Russia would welcome any country's offer of safe haven for Syrian President Bashar Assad, but has no plans to make one of its own, Moscow's foreign minister said in the latest comments to suggest a growing distance between the two allies.
Sergey Lavrov's remarks on Friday night were among the clearest signs yet that Russia could be preparing for a Syria without Assad, as rebel pressure on the embattled leader intensifies. Over the past four weeks, fighting has reached Damascus, his seat of power, and rebels have captured a string of military bases.
Up to now, Russia has vetoed three Western-backed resolutions aimed at pressuring Syria's government to stop the violence that has killed more than 40,000 people over the past 21 months. While Russian leaders have given no concrete signs that stance has changed, their tone has shifted as rebels advance on the outskirts of the capital.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin distanced himself further than ever from the Syrian president, saying Russia does not seek to protect him and suggesting his regime is growing weaker.
Speaking to reporters late Friday, Lavrov reiterated Moscow's position that "it doesn't invite President Assad here," although he said other countries had asked Russia to convey their offer of safe passage to Assad.
While he would not name the countries, Lavrov said Russia had responded by telling them to go directly to the Syrian leader.
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Uh, how about having him live with Anna Wintour...I believe she is the Vogue Editor who ran that Maaaah-velous article on Assad’s wife shoe collection last year...Oh, wait Obama just appointed her to be Ambassador somewhere.
How about Hawaii....immediately...
I thought Assad was friends with the Iranians.
Maybe that’s one of the countries that Russia is not naming.
I suggest Kurdistan, or free Lebanon, maybe Jordan or Iraq. But, he’ll probably wind up dead before he gets a chance to head to exile. If he survives, his place of exile will probably be Egypt, Iran, or (hard to believe, I know), Turkey.