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December 16, 2015 6:23 am

Bowing to Putin, Kerry Says Assad Can Stay in Power

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: State Dept.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: State Dept.

AP – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accepted Russia’s long-standing demand that President Bashar Assad’s future be determined by his own people, as Washington and Moscow edged toward putting aside years of disagreement over how to end Syria’s civil war.

“The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” Kerry told reporters in the Russian capital after meeting President Vladimir Putin. A major international conference on Syria would take place later this week in New York, Kerry announced.

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