Russia calling the shots as nations lock down Syria plan

December 18, 2015 8:26 AM

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WASHINGTON — As the United States and world powers gather again in a bid to end Syria’s civil war, Russia appears to be calling the shots.

Nations meeting Friday in New York and the U.N. will essentially be negotiating a Russian plan for a “political transition,” based on the Syrian government’s consent and with no clear reference to President Bashar Assad’s departure.

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