Russia Urges Assad to Be ‘Constructive,’ Rejects His Ouster

  • Deputy foreign minister says Russia backs democracy in Syria
  • U.S. says Russia should push Assad to stop cease-fire breaches

Russia urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be “constructive” in talks aimed at paving the way for democratic elections in the war-ravaged country, even as it defended its ally from opposition demands for his ouster.

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