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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, listens to Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalam, unseen, during their talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2012. Russia is denying comments by a U.S. official that it has endorsed a Syrian transition plan that includes a call for President Bashar Assad to give up power in favor of a national unity government saying that outside forces must concentrate on convincing opposition groups to soften their demands. But, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied that Thursday. "We are not supporting and will not support any external meddling,” he said. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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