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Russia's 'staunch position of defence' for Syria

In Syria, the Arab League, supported by China, has given the government three days to agree to a roadmap to end the violence.

But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad does have one last bastion of support, Russia, and the former head of the BBC's Russian service, Konstantin Eggert explains why.

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