NYT: US pressing Russia to support deal to remove Assad

May 27, 2012 10:16

The United States will press Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept a proposal by which embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad will cede power through a negotiated political settlement, The New York Times reported on Sunday, citing Obama administration officials.

The Times quoted US officials as saying Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev appeared receptive to the idea of a Yemen-style transition when it was presented to him at the meeting of G8 leaders at Camp David last weekend. “Medvedev raised the example of Mubarak in a cage,” a senior US official said, referring to ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's being jailed and put on trial. The official said Obama had then “countered with Yemen, and the indication was, yes, this was something we could talk about.” 

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