Kremlin: Putin’s Position on Assad has not changed


RIA Novosti

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia’s stance against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not changed. It is reported by RIA Novosti.

So a Kremlin spokesman commented on the statement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow changed its mind about supporting the Syrian government. “As for support of Assad, the position of Russia and President Putin on Assad has not changed, it is consistent and well known,” – said Peskov.

According to him, Putin believes that to make decisions about the future of any country can not by third parties. “The future of Syria cannot determine neither in Ankara nor Washington, nor Paris, nor in Berlin, nor in Moscow. Self-determination Syria, only the Syrian people,” concluded Sands.

Earlier in an interview with Reuters, Erdogan said that negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin showed him the change of Russia’s position on Syria. Erdogan stressed that the conflict in Syria cannot be resolved until Assad remains in power. According to the Turkish leader, Putin told him that “he is not personally committed to the Syrian leader.””Erdogan, don’t get me wrong. I am not a supporter of Assad, I’m not a lawyer” – quoted Erdogan Russian President. According to the President of Turkey, these are Putin’s words may indicate a softening of Moscow’s position.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that the issue of Assad’s future should be resolved by the citizens of Syria. However, in Turkey and the U.S. believe that his resignation is the main condition for resolving the crisis in the country.