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Lavrov: No Russian Request for Assad to Step Down

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia has not asked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and has not offered him political asylum. Lavrov's comments at a news conference came as the United Nations prepared for a new round of Syrian peace talks it said would begin Friday in Geneva. The goal of the talks is to end the country's war and bring a political transition that includes a new constitution and elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

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