Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet at Bocharov Ruchei residence, in Sochi, Russia, on November 26, 2014. (Mikhail Metzel/TASS - Anadolu Agency)
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Russia said Wednesday it would support President Bashar Assad to combat "terrorism" in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict.Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Assad's foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, on the Black Sea as part of Moscow's renewed diplomatic push to restart peace talks on Syria. Lavrov criticized the United States for refusing to do that.Moallem told the news conference his meeting with Putin was "very productive" and that the Russian president confirmed his resolve to develop ties with Damascus and Assad. Russian news reports quoted Lavrov as saying after the meeting that no new Geneva talks were possible at this time.
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