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Sergey lavrov russia talks syria moscow

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at his press conference in Moscow , on January 18, 2012. Lavrov accused today Western powers of trying to 'suffocate' the Iranian economy and incite popular discontent with new sanctions such as a proposed oil embargo. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV

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