Russia Says No Plan to Offer Syria's Assad Asylum

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Russia dismissed suggestions on Thursday that it was planning to offer political asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Russia dismissed suggestions on Thursday that it was planning to offer political asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"It (rumours about Russia granting asylum to Assad) is either an attempt to mislead serious people dealing with foreign policy or a lack of understanding of Russia's position," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference.

He also said Abdelbasset Sida, the new leader of the main Syrian opposition umbrella group, the Syrian National Council, would visit Moscow for talks next week.

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