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Moscow-Beijing talks: Putin regaining international prominence due to Syrian crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin received Chinese support on the Syrian issue. Photo Credit AP

Russia  is prepared to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power as part of a political settlement following 15 months of bloodshed, but is not in talks with other nations on the fate of the Syrian leader, a senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov also said a Yemen-style power transition was unlikely to work in  Syriabecause many of Assad’s foes are unwilling to negotiate with the government, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.

Moscow has used its U.N. Security Council veto and other tools to protect Assad, who has given Russia a firm Middle East foothold and is a client for Russian weapons.

Russia is under pressure to abandon its support or at least push Assad harder to adhere to a U.N.-backed ceasefire and a faltering peace plan brokered by envoy Kofi Annan. READ MORE HERE