Tuesday 12 December 2017

Russia 'could' abandon Assad if chemical weapons not surrendered

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

RUSSIA could abandon support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if it were to learn that he is not committed to handing over control of his chemical weapons arsenal, the chief of staff for President Vladimir Putin suggested today.

"I'm talking theoretically and hypothetically, but if we became sure that Assad is cheating, we could change our position," Sergei Ivanov said in comments reported by Russian media, at a conference in Stockholm organised by the Institute for International Strategic Studies, a British think-tank.

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