July 4, 2012
Western countries are trying to talk Russia into inviting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and granting him political asylum, but Moscow opposes such plans, the Kommersant business daily reported on Wednesday citing a Russian diplomatic source.
“Western countries, first of all the United States, are actively trying to convince Moscow that it should grant the Syrian leader political asylum,” the daily wrote.
“[But] we have not had any such plans,” the source said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in March that Moscow was not offering political asylum to al-Assad.
Kommersant’s source in the diplomatic mission of a Western country has neither confirmed nor denied the report on the offer allegedly made to Russia.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 3:03 am