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Russia: Keeping Syria's Assad in Power Not Crucial

The Kremlin is one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's strongest supporters, but a Russian spokeswoman said Moscow's policy does not depend, as a matter of principle, on Assad remaining in power. "We have never said Assad's staying in power is a principled aspect" of Russian policy on Syria, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Ehko Moskvy ("echo of Moscow") radio Tuesday. However, Zakharova also argued strongly against the idea that...

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