Syria: Assad’s ouster ‘unacceptable’ as Syria peace precondition: Russia

Published August 18, 2015 by godshope1971

Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday insisted Moscow did not accept the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a prerequisite for launching any peace process in the war-torn country.

Russia — one of Assad’s few remaining allies along with Iran — has launched a fresh diplomatic push to find a way out of the four-year civil war that has cost some 240,000 lives.

Russia’s top diplomat met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow on Monday to discuss Syria along with other issues including the July deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

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