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Syria peace stymied by 'outside forces,' Russia says

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Russia's top diplomat took a shot at the Western and Arab attempts to bring democratic change to Syria on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov singled out the Friends of the Syrian People, a coalition of dozens of nations led by the United States and the Arab League calling for tough action against the Damascus regime. 'There are outside forces that are not interested in the success of the current U.N. Security Council efforts,' Lavrov told reporters. 'They are trying everything possible to substitute the Security Council with various unofficial formats such as the 'Friends of Syria' or some other forms... Russia, long a staunch ally of Syria, and China have thwarted tough Security Council action against Damascus, including calls for the president to step down.

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