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    CIA Director John Brennan raised the issue of political transition in Syria during his visit to Russia in early March, according to the US embassy in Moscow.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — CIA Director John Brennan discussed with Russian officials the importance of respecting commitments on ceasefire in Syria as well as the need for Bashar Assad's departure to ensure political transition in the war-torn country during his visit to Russia in early March, the press-secretary of the US embassy in Moscow said Monday.

    "Director Brennan traveled to Russia in early March to emphasize with Russian officials the importance of Russia and the Assad regime following through on their agreements to implement the cessation of hostilities in Syria," William Stevens told RIA Novosti.

    "Director Brennan also reiterated the US government’s consistent support for a genuine political transition in Syria, and the need for Assad’s departure in order to facilitate a transition that reflects the will of the Syrian people," Stevens said.


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