Senior Russian deputy: Syrian government unable to do its job
Syria's government is incapable of doing its job properly, a senior Russian lawmaker and ally of Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, in a sign that Moscow is trying to distance itself from President Bashar Assad.


Russia has used its UN Security Council veto to thwart Western and Arab efforts to force its longstanding ally Assad from power, but the deputy's remarks hinted at growing Russian frustration with his failure to end the bloodshed in Syria. (Reuters)