Syria government ‘losing control’ – Russian official

a Free Syrian Army fighter is in position in front of destroyed buildings in Aleppo, Syria on 29 November

A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces.

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are “losing more and more control and territory”, deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

He said Russia, one of Syria’s staunchest allies, was making plans for a possible evacuation of thousands of its citizens.

Separately, Syria denied reports it had fired Scud missiles at rebels.

Nato’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said the organisation had detected the launch of such short-range missiles, saying it showed an “utter disregard” for the lives of the Syrian people.

Russia, along with China, has used its veto at the UN Security Council to block resolutions condemning the Syrian government’s use of violence.

But Mr Bogdanov said on Thursday: “Unfortunately, we cannot rule out the victory of the Syrian opposition.”


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