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Newsline: Russian embassy in London seeks contacts with Syrian opposition

Russia is reaching out to the UK to establish contact with groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Russian embassy in London is reportedly coordinating with British authorities to engage the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in talks. “[Russian ambassador to the UK] Alexander Yakovenko announced that the Russian side would be grateful to British partners for assistance in establishing contacts with the Free Syrian Army in what concerns its efforts, as well as those of the Syrian Armed Forces, in the fight against ISIL [another acronym for Isis] and FSA’s possible participation in the political process,” an embassy spokesperson told Russia’s Sputnik International. Russia began pounding Islamist targets since 30 September with airstrikes. Further, widening their offensive, Russian forces have launched cruise missiles from warships, which are stationed in the Caspian Sea. Meanwhile, on Friday the Russian Embassy in London saw bomb squad blow up suspicious package. A bomb squad arrived and cordoned off the area around the embassy for around 90 minutes.



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