Russian Ambassador: Assad Is Ready to Step Down — But Syria Denies Reports

The Russian ambassador to France says Syrian dictator Assad is ready to step down.
The AP reported:

Russia’s ambassador to France says Moscow believes Syria’s president is ready to step down “in a civilized way.” But the Syrian government immediately denied it.

Alexandre Orlov told RFI on Friday that “personally … I think it will be difficult for him to stay in office given everything that’s happened.”

He noted that Assad accepted the final statement of the June 30 Geneva agreement for a transition “toward a more democratic regime” and in essence this meant that “he accepted to leave, but leave in a civilized way.”

The Syrian Information Ministry denied the reports today that Assad was ready to leave office.

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