Kremlin Denies Report of Russia-US Deal on Assad's Future
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Kremlin said on Thursday that a report by the al-Hayat newspaper on an agreement between Russia and the United States on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not true.
The newspaper had claimed that US Secretary of State John Kerry had told several Arab countries that Russia and the US reached an understanding on the future of Syria's peace process, including Assad's departure to another country at some unspecified stage, Reuters reported.
"Al-Hayat published information which does not correspond to reality," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists.
"Russia is advantageously different from other nations because it does not discuss the issue of the self-determination of third countries either through diplomatic or other channels."