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Vladimir Putin calls for non-military solution to Syria crisis

Russia's President Putin says he is concerned that the push to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad could plunge the country even deeper into violence.

Speaking during his annual news conference, Mr Putin said mistakes from Libya should not be repeated in Syria.

He stressed that Russia was not interested in the survival of Assad's regime, but that change should not come through military victory.

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  • 20 Dec 2012
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