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Improved U.S.-Russia Ties Positive for Syria, Assad Says

  • Syrian conflict which began in 2011 has killed 450,000
  • Syrian war has drawn in major international, regional powers

A “genuine” effort to improve relations between the U.S. and Syria’s ally, Russia, will have a positive impact on the Syrian conflict, President Bashar al-Assad said.

The core of the six-year Syrian conflict is influenced by regional and international issues that depend “mainly on the relation between the United States and Russia,” Assad said in a statement to French media carried by state-run SANA news agency.