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Russia Warns Assad Over `Fight to End' as Truce Talks to Begin

  • Russian-backed Syria offensive routs rebels, closes on Aleppo
  • Russia's UN envoy says Syria must follow Kremlin leadership

A top Russian diplomat called on President Bashar al-Assad to abandon any idea of a comprehensive military victory in Syria as major powers prepared to meet in Geneva to discuss implementing a limited truce.

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said that if Syria follows the Kremlin’s leadership in resolving the five-year war, there’s a chance for a “decent” outcome, according to a transcript of an interview with the Kommersant newspaper posted on the mission’s website.