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  7/24/2012, Av 5, 5772

Putin Warns of Syrian Civil War in Assad's Absence


President Vladimir Putin of Russia warned, Monday, that there would be an extended civil war in Syria if President Bashar Al-Assad is not removed from office according to the Syrian constitution. Speaking after a meeting with Italian leader Mario Monti, Putin said that under those conditions, fighting would last for years, as it has in Afghanistan.

The Russian president repeated his call for the Al-Assad government and opposition forces to stop acts of violence and reach a negotiated compromise.