Russia says the UN should immediately call on all sides in the Syrian conflict to stop violence and start talking. Russia's Foreign Minister says President Bashar Assad has already implemented reforms aimed at solving the conflict. But Sergey Lavrov also admitted not all Syrian opposition members want to engage in talks with the government. Lavrov cautioned against encouraging protesters to stay away from negotiations. Last week the EU imposed an oil embargo against Syria and warned of further steps if the five-month crackdown didn't stop. Russia condemned Western sanctions against Syria calling them harmful and ineffective. Moscow's stance has largely been echoed by its partners within the BRICS group - Brazil, India, China and South Africa. Dr. Sreeram Chaulia, a professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs in India, believes it's important the alliance is united in dealing with the situation in the Middle East.
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