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Moscow denies talking to the US about giving Assad asylum
Moscow responds to the reports that it is in talks with the the US to grant political asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - the AFP reports:
Russia on Wednesday denied holding talks with the United States about offering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad exile as a way out of 16 months of bloodshed that has claimed more than 16,500 lives.
"The situation with the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not being discussed with the United States," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency.
Moscow's Kommersant daily had earlier quoted a Russian diplomatic source as saying that Western nations led by the United States were making "active attempts" to persuade Moscow to offer a home to Assad.