Russia Lauds Syria Referendum as Move to Democracy

Russia has welcomed Syria’s holding of a constitutional referendum ending the ruling Baath Party’s monopoly on power in the country as a step toward democracy, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

“I think that those who see this as a move toward democracy are right. The end of a monopoly position by one party in the political system should be welcomed,” Lavrov said at a press conference with diplomats from Myanmar.

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