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February 19, 2016 10:10 am

Russia Urges Syrian President Not to Reject Cease-Fire Plan

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He said he planned to fight on until he re-established control over all of Syria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Russia Urges Syrian President Not to Reject Cease-Fire Plan

President Bashar al-Assad was out of step with the views of his main ally, Russia, when he said he planned to fight on until he re-established control over all of Syria, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations was quoted as saying on Thursday.

In the first public sign of cracks in the alliance between Moscow and Damascus, the envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said Russia had helped Assad turn the tide of the war so it was now incumbent on him to follow Russia’s line and commit to peace talks.

Read full story at Reuters.

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