CIA Head Discussed Assad Leaving Power in Moscow this Month: RIA

According to Russian news agency, the head of CIA had discussed the issue of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad (pictured above) leaving power when he visited Moscow at the start of March. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

MOSCOW, March 28 – The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, raised the issue of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving power when he visited Moscow at the start of March, RIA news agency cited the U.S. embassy in Russia as saying on Monday.

Brennan also discussed the observance of the ceasefire in Syria, the agency said.

Interfax news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov as saying earlier on Monday that Brennan had meetings at Russia’s Federal Security Service, among other places, and his visit was not linked to the decision by Moscow to start withdrawing its forces from Syria.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later on Monday that there had been no contacts between Brennan and the Kremlin during the visit.

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