Russia and the USA have reached an agreement on the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, RBC reports, referring to pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper. After the end of Syrian civil war, Assad should resign and leave for another country, the media outlet claims, citing diplomatic sources. However, Al-Hayat hasn’t mentioned when exactly this should be done.
According to respondents of the newspaper, the data about Assad’s future departure are coming from the US Secretary of State John Kerry. Al-Hayat says that the UN Security Council members have already been informed about the decision on Assad’s resignation.
The head of US diplomacy visited Moscow at the end of last week and met President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The exact content of the conversation is unknown, but Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov noted that there was "progress in the settlement of the Syrian crisis".
Director of the CIA John Brennan visited Moscow in early March. According to the press Secretary of the Embassy of the USA in Moscow William Stevens, he discussed different issues, including the question of a possible resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, during the meetings with Russian officials.
The USA and countries of the Western coalition insisted on Assad’s unconditional resignation. The opinion that the Syrian president has to leave his post was mentioned by the leaders of the key Middle Eastern countries – Turkey and Saudi Arabia.