In this photo made Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks after speaking at the International Parliamentary Forum in Moscow, Russia. Lavrov cooled hopes for a shift in Russia's position on Syria saying Sunday that Moscow continues to strongly oppose demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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In this photo made Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks after speaking at the International Parliamentary Forum in Moscow, Russia. Lavrov cooled  hopes for a shift in Russia's position on Syria saying Sunday that Moscow continues to strongly oppose demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation.  (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
In this photo made Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks after speaking at the International Parliamentary Forum in Moscow, Russia. Lavrov cooled hopes for a shift in Russia's position on Syria saying Sunday that Moscow continues to strongly oppose demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)