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Putin (r) and Medvedev: Medvedev's reform promises failed to materialise (Photo: kremlin.ru)

Russia to EU: Stay out of Syria, back off on Gazprom

Vladimir Putin has made clear that he will not budge an inch on Syria ahead of an EU-Russia summit.

Speaking in separate press events in Berlin and Paris on Friday (1 June), the Russian leader ruled out lifting his UN Security Council veto on economic sanctions or military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He also blamed civilian deaths on opposition forces and denied that Russia is selling arms to Damascus.

"Russia does not provide weapons that could be used i...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Putin (r) and Medvedev: Medvedev's reform promises failed to materialise (Photo: kremlin.ru)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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