According to BBC News
the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized
the Syrian regime, stating that President Bashar al-Assad has made "a lot of mistakes," including but not limited to an incorrect response from the beginning, which was the instigation of a violent armed crackdown when the protests - which were concurrent with the wider Arab Spring - were merely peaceful demonstrations.
"We believe that the Syrian leadership responded incorrectly to the very first manifestations of the peaceful protests."
"The Syrian leadership - despite the numerous promises it has made in response to our calls - is making a lot of mistakes. Unfortunately this is why the conflict is so acute."
Russia has called for
and is highly supportive of daily truces between the two sides in accordance with the Red Cross to allow humanitarian aid to parts of the war stricken country.
Human Rights Watch has also accused elements of the opposition forces of abuses which include the detention, kidnapping and torture of members of the regimes security forces reported CBS News
Assad's violent crackdown which begun last year has seen over 8,000 people killed and nearly a quarter of a million displaced. Russia and China had previously vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution which had condemned Assad's actions, but these latest developments seem to be suggesting that Russia is getting wearisome with Assad.
This may be the beginning of Moscow adopting a harder stance on the current regime in Damascus and may prove to be a pivotal development in how the International Community handles the crisis in Syria.