MOSCOW - Russia has not been discussing the possibility of taking in Syrian President Bashar Assad, a senior aide to President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding that he was unaware of any plans for Assad to come to Moscow.

Putin's foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters Putin had not discussed where Assad might go if he left Syria in talks with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Asked whether Assad could come to Russia, he said he had not heard of any such plans.

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