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No hope Assad will leave, Russian says

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said Saturday that there was “no possibility” of persuading President Bashar Assad to leave Syria, leaving little hope for a breakthrough in the standoff. He also said opposition leaders’ insistence on Assad’s departure as a precondition for peace talks would come at the cost of “more and more lives of Syrian citizens” in a conflict that has already killed tens of thousands.

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