Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has never talked to him about leaving power, despite pressure from Washington for Assad to step down.
"They never said a single word regarding this," Assad told NBC News when asked whether Putin or Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had talked to him about a political transition in Syria, where a civil war has raged since 2011.
Assad also said he is not concerned that Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who travels to Moscow on Thursday, will make a deal that would force him from power.
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