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  5/30/2013, Sivan 21, 5773

Report: Russia Negotiated Assad's Departure in 2012

Al-Arabiya reports negotiations at the Geneva conference in 2012 with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached the extent of discussing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s departure and the country in which he would seek refuge.

Al-Arabiya quotes an anonymous French diplomat who added Lavrov changed his mind at the meeting in Geneva in June 2012, after “receiving a phone call.”