Russia says withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria won’t weaken Assad
Russian military jets flying from Syria seen shortly before landing at airbase in Voronezh region - REUTERS
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MOSCOW: A spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the withdrawal of the main part of Russia’s armed forces in Syria would not weaken Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Interfax reported.

Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman, added that the main theme of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Russia next week would be Syria.

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