Assad may flee to Russia

20:45, 12 January 2016
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Russian President Putin is considering granting political asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Ukraine Today citing Putin’s interview with the Germany’s Bild.

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Putin said granting U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum "was far more difficult than doing the same for Mr Assad," Ukraine Today reported.

Russia has supplied the Assad dynasty with arms for decades. Most of the Syrian army's arsenal is Russian-made. Russia began bombing anti-Assad rebel forces in September as Moscow stepped up efforts to prop up the Syrian regime.

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