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Russia: Syrians need to determine balance of power - Putin

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1. M/S Russian President Vladimir Putin in RT's studio 2. SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (in Russian): "First of all we need to understand why all of this is happening. People who are looking at the area from the outside think that they can lump all Middle Eastern countries together, apply one approach, call it democracy and then it will be peaceful. But that's not how it works. Without considering different aspects of the country such as history, tradition and religion, you cannot do anything. You cannot interfere, especially if you are on the outside." 3. C/U RT Anchor 4. SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (in Russian): "We are concerned with all ethno-religious groups that live on Syria. We want long term peace for Syria, and for the all citizens' legitimate interests and rights to be fulfilled. That is why our position has always been ... firstly to give them the opportunity to determine how the balance of power will be distributed and how citizens' rights, interests and safety will be established. Only then, through discussions and agreements we can start moving towards some systematic changes, and not the other way round - to first throw everyone out and and bring chaos to the country." 5. M/S Margarita SImonyan and Sophie Shevarnadze SCRIPT Russia: Syrians need to determine balance of power - Putin At at visit to RT on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Syria, and the Middle East region as a whole: "First of all we need to understand why all of this is happening. People who are looking at the area from the outside think that they can lump all Middle Eastern countries together, apply one approach, call it democracy and then it will be peaceful. But that's not how it works. Without considering different aspects of the country such as history, tradition and religion, you cannot do anything. You cannot interfere, especially if you are on the outside." Putin went on to state his position on Syria, "We are concerned with all ethno-religious groups that live on Syria. We want long term peace for Syria, and for the all citizens' legitimate interests and rights to be fulfilled. That is why our position has always been ... firstly to give them the opportunity to determine how the balance of power will be distributed and how citizens' rights, interests and safety will be established. Only then, through discussions and agreements we can start moving towards some systematic changes, and not the other way round - to first throw everyone out and and bring chaos to the country." Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a new television studio complex at 'Russia Today' on Tuesday. With its first channel launched in December 2005, the RT network now consists of three global news channels broadcasting in English, Spanish and Arabic.