Russia Says It Doesn't Mind If Assad Stays or Steps Down

November 3, 2015 2:03 PM

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A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry says Russia does not consider it a matter of principle that Syrian President Bashar Assad should stay in power, stepping back from its previous position of strong support for him.

Maria Zakharova said on the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Tuesday that whether Assad stays or steps down is not critical for Russia, but it is up to the Syrian people to decide his fate.

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