Putin: Russia’s concern is for fate of Syria – not President Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if the solution to the Syrian conflict is a takeover by the opposition now fighting Assad the civil war will be endless. “We want to avoid (Syrian’s) integration,” he stressed. “What is our position? Not to leave Assad's regime in power at any price, but to first (let the Syrians) agree among themselves how they should live next,” AFP reported him as saying. “Only then should we start looking at ways to change the existing order.”

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