Russia’s Foreign Ministry: Russia never said it fully supported al-Assad

Russia has never declared its full support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, said on Friday, January 29 the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Maria Zakharova.

“We never said that we are not just fight – that we are even against any Syrian opposition. There’s no such thing. We never said that even if we go deep into Syria’s internal political life, that we stand fully in support of Assad’s policies, recognize its full validity. We never said that,” – quotes RIA Novosti.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Russia always points to the wrong actions of Damascus. As an example, Zakharova named Russia’s confidence that not all of the opposition are fighting together with terrorists, and not all of them should be confronted.

In December Reuters reported that Russia allegedly agreed to the resignation of Assad, and prepared a list of candidates to replace him. On January 22 Financial Times newspaper wrote that a few weeks before the death of the former head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Igor Sergun on behalf of Vladimir Putin traveled to Damascus with the proposal to Assad to leave the office. According to the newspaper, the Syrian leader bluntly refused. The Kremlin has denied all the information on the offer.



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