During the visit to Moscow by CIA Director John Brennan, the question was raised about the possible resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the statement by the press Secretary of the Embassy of the USA in Moscow William Stevens. According to him, during the visit, Brenna raised the issue of the resignation of Assad in the interest of political transformation in Syria. Also discussed was the need for compliance with obligations under the truce in Syria.
“Director Brennan visited Moscow in early March, and that in contacts with Russian officials to stress the importance that Russia and the Assad regime adhered to its obligations under the cease-fire in Syria,” — said the press Secretary of the Embassy.
Earlier on Monday, March 28, Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Oleg Syromolotov reported on the visit of the CIA Director to Moscow. He said that Brennan visited Russia in early March, and stressed that the visit of the CIA Director and the decision to withdraw the main forces of Russia in Syria were not linked. According to the diplomat, the head of the CIA communicated with the leadership of the FSB.
“The Russian foreign Ministry it was not. I know exactly what he was in the Federal security service and elsewhere,” said Syromolotov.
Later, answering a question about the visit of the head of the CIA, the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin at Brennan “no contact.”
In late February, Russia and the United States agreed to the introduction into Syria of the cease-fire. Last week Syria with President Putin discussed the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that to decide the fate of the Syrian President should the people of the country. U.S. officials believe Assad’s removal from power a prerequisite for a political settlement of the conflict in Syria.