Russia denies holding talks on future of Syria's Assad
Russia said on Sunday it was not holding any talks on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, dismissing speculation that it is preparing for its ally's potential exit from power.


"We are not holding any talks on the fate of Assad," Itar-Tass news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying during a meeting on Sunday. He also said countries criticising Russia and China for vetoing UN Security Council resolutions on Syria were "dishonest." (Reuters)