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BREAKING: Russia Says Assad Ready to Share Power

Is compromise possible in Syria? 

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Putin has announced that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "ready to hold snap parliamentary elections and could share power with a 'healthy' opposition," according to Reuters. If true, this concession comes at a time when rumors continue to circulate about direct Russian military involvement in Syria, where a western-backed "civil war" has raged for the last four years.

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<figcaption>Pushing for a diplomatic settlement</figcaption>
Pushing for a diplomatic settlement

"We really want to create some kind of an international coalition to fight terrorism and extremism," Putin told journalists on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, saying he had spoken to U.S. President Barack Obama on the matter.

"We are also working with our partners in Syria. In general, the understanding is that this uniting of efforts in fighting terrorism should go in parallel to some political process in Syria itself," Putin said.

"And the Syrian president agrees with that, all the way down to holding early elections, let's say, parliamentary ones, establishing contacts with the so-called healthy opposition, bringing them into governing," he said.

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