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Russia: Lavrov, Clinton discuss Syrian crisis

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 7 December 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia: Lavrov, Clinton discuss Syrian crisis, 7 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50cb3ab9a.html [accessed 22 December 2014]
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December 07, 2012

A Syrian refugee woman holds her son as she stands at the window of their friend's house at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar in Syria.A Syrian refugee woman holds her son as she stands at the window of their friend's house at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar in Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have discussed the crisis in Syria.

The two met December 6 in Dublin on the sidelines of a security conference.

Joining them was the international envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who said the two sides had not made any breakthroughs but would seek a "creative" solution to the impasse.

Washington and its allies want Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Russia says his fate cannot be decided outside Syria.

The conflict has left an estimated 38,000 dead.

Meanwhile, Assad's deputy foreign minister said Western powers were spreading rumors Damascus is preparing to use chemical weapons as a "pretext for foreign intervention."

Inside Syria, fighting was reported along the main road from the capital to the city's international airport.

Based on AP and Reuters reporting

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