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Putin warns of 'bloody scenario' in Syria if Assad is ousted
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has warned that civil war may erupt in Syria should Bashar al-Assad be "unconstitutionally " removed from power.
Speaking on Monday following talks with Mario Monti, the Italian prime minister, Putin said:
We do not want the situation to develop according to the bloody scenario
of civil war and continue for no-one knows how many years as it happened in