Putin asked Assad to step down


World Bulletin / News Desk

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly asked his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad to step down, the Financial Times reported Friday.

Kremlin, however, has immediately refuted the report.

“No, it’s not so,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov was quoted as saying.

According to the newspaper, on January 3, Colonel-General Igor Sergun, director of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, just weeks before his death has travelled to Syria to deliver Putin’s request for Assad to leave his post as Syria’s president.

Assad has refused to take his long-standing ally’s offer and made it clear that without him in place realtions between Russia and Syria cannot develop and flourish. Continue article