Putin Said to Explore Sidelining Assad Even as He Arms HimBy and
Russia in whirlwind talks with U.S., Saudis, Syrian opposition
Arms buildup may be Russian bargaining chip for peace talks
Russia is sending signals to the U.S. and Saudi Arabia that it may allow Syria’s embattled leader Bashar al-Assad to be eased out of power as it seeks to forge a united front against Islamic State and retain influence in the region, officials and Syrian opposition leaders said.
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