Russia sees shifts in US stance on Assad — dipomat

According to a Russian diplomat, the West's attempts to lay the blame for a flow of refugees upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are inconsistent.

Russia sees certain shifts in the US stance on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Tuesday.

"The thesis [about Assad’s departure] remains in the US strategic plans but in terms of tactics the US is trying to find some steps that would allow tasking a different look at prospects for a political settlement and starting a political dialogue among the conflicting parties in Syria," Gatilov stressed.

"Perhaps, there have been some shifts from this point of view," the Russian deputy foreign minister said.

West’s attempt to blame refugee flows on Assad inconsistent

According to Gatilov, the West's attempts to lay the blame for a flow of refugees upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are inconsistent.

"We have been saying right from the start that the conflict situation fomented by Western partners in the region of Middle East and North Africa could have such consequences, and it has happened," Gatilov said.

"Attempts to say that all this [migrant flows] is happening because of the policy Assad pursues in his country are inconsistent. People are fleeing a war and the activity of Islamic State," he added.

First published by TASS.

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