03:16 GMT13 July 2020
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    US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan travelled to Moscow in early March to reiterate the US support for a power transition in Syria as well as urge commitment to maintain the cessation of hostilities in the country, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd told Sputnik on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The CIA spokesman noted that Brennan also emphasized the importance of the Russian and Syrian governments to follow through on the reached agreement to implement a ceasefire in Syria.

    "Director Brennan… reiterated the US government’s consistent support for a genuine political transition in Syria, and the need for [President Bashar] Assad’s departure in order to facilitate a transition that reflects the will of the Syrian people," Boyd stated.

    Earlier on Monday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said Brennan's visit to Moscow had nothing to do with the partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Brennan was not in contact with the Kremlin during his visit.


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