1 November 2012, 15:13

Syrian army strong enough to repel opposition attacks – Russia’s Defense Minister

Syrian army strong enough to repel opposition attacks – Russia’s Defense Minister

The Syrian government army is strong enough to withstand the attacks of the armed opposition, Russia’s Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told reporters Thursday.

Though six months ago some analysts said that the Syrian government troops were not able of conducting military actions, time showed that these assumptions were wrong, he said.

Mass anti-governmental campaigns in Syria began last spring and very soon they grew into an open armed standoff between the government and the opposition.

Syria must stay united – Moscow, Paris

Russia and France warn that the disintegration of Syria would send waves of terrorist insurgencies across the Middle East.

Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Laurent Fabius spoke about this to the press after emerging from talks in Paris on Wednesday.

Mr Lavrov said the Syrian crisis cannot be solved by force, and bringing it to an end supposes a ceasefire and a subsequent dialogue between the opposing sides in Syria. He also said that trying to oust President Bashar Assad would only make matters worse.

The Russian Minister accused unnamed outside powers of arming and funding the Syrian rebels.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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