Russian official visits Syria to meet al-Assad
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Damascus Tuesday to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, days after world leaders accused Russia of helping give the Syrian government a green light to kill more civilians.
While attempts at diplomacy have so far failed to curb the estimated thousands of deaths in the 11-month-old conflict, residents and opposition activists say they are desperate for help in stopping the regime from slaughtering dissidents.
But Syrian state-run television showed throngs of people waving Russian and Syrian flags in Damascus — highlighting the stark contrast in perception of what is happening in the country.
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