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        12/23/2013, Tevet 20, 5774

      Russia: West Understands that Assad is Better than Rebels


      Western diplomats are increasingly saying that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad keeping power is a better option for Syria than the country being ruled by Islamist rebels, Gulf News reports, citing Russia’s foreign minister.

      “Not only in private meetings but also in public comments, the idea is occurring to some Western colleagues that ... Assad remaining in office is less of a threat for Syria than a takeover of the country by terrorists,” Sergei Lavrov was quoted as having told the RIA Novosti news agency in an interview published on Friday.