Russia says neither side will win Syrian civil war

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speaks during a meeting of President Putin's trustees in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said neither side can win the war in Syria, and that China and Russia would be unable to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to quit if they tried. Russia has been rowing back since the Kremlin's Middle East envoy was quoted this month as saying the rebels could defeat Assad and that Russia was preparing for a possible evacuation of its nationals, the strongest signs yet that it was positioning itself for a post-Assad Syria. …

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