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Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:50AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin (file photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (file photo)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has censured the Western governments’ policies advocating regime change in Syria, warning that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power could plunge the violence-hit country into chaos. “We believe that it's necessary to first agree about the future… and only then make changes,” Putin said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Russian capital city of Moscow on Friday. Slamming the West’s effort to incite a regime change in the Arab state, the Russian president highlighted that the West should not “oust Assad and think what to do next.” Meanwhile on Thursday, Moscow denounced the provision of arms to Syrian insurgents fighting the Arab country’s government as the violation of international laws. “Promises are being made from a number of capitals of massive supplies of modern weapons,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. “Outside help to the opposition waging an armed battle against a legitimate government is a gross violation of fundamental norms of international law,” the official added. Syria has experienced a deadly unrest that erupted in March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals. MR/GVN/AZ
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