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Russian embassy in Syria denies covert cooperation between Moscow, Damascus

(Xinhua)

16:58, February 17, 2012

DAMASCUS, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Russian embassy in Damascus dismissed Thursday media reports circulated recently about some covert Syrian-Russian military cooperation, regarding such reports as "propaganda and incompatible with the truth."

The reports, claiming that Russia is sending special groups and weapons aboard ships to Syria as well as renewing the work of a radar atop of the Qassioun Mountain in Damascus and installing a similar one along the Syrian-Turkish borders, are "baseless," the embassy said in a statement carried by Syrian state-run SANA news agency.

"Some misleading media outlets had even gone to the extent of claiming that the Russian delegation, which had visited Syria recently, brought photos about the sites of armed opposition in some Syrian areas," it said, adding that these are no more than " rumors that have nothing to do with reality."

Russia works steadily to stop the violence in Syria as soon as possible and to achieve the Syrian people's rightful demands in renewing democratic life.

It said Russia is seeking ways to end the internal crisis "by the endeavors of the Syrians themselves and without any foreign intervention, adding that Russia believes that its basic mission is to prevent civil war in Syria, work to take the country to a new political phase and preserve the stability and peace of the Syrian people and the entire Middle East.

On Feb. 7, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov set foot in the Syrian capital of Damascus along with Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Director Mikhail Fradkov and held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the current situation in Syria.

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