Russia says not crucial to keep Syria's Assad in power - RIA cites foreign ministry

by Reuters
Tuesday, 3 November 2015 13:35 GMT

MOSCOW, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power is not crucial for Russia, RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Tuesday.

When asked if saving Assad was a matter of principal for Russia, Zakharova said: "Absolutely not, we never said that."

"We are not saying that Assad should leave or stay," she added. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Polina Devitt)

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