March 14, 2016 / 8:32 PM / 3 years ago

Germany says Russian withdrawal from Syria increases pressure on Assad

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be under pressure to negotiate a peaceful transition to end the Syrian civil war if Russia withdrew the bulk of its forces from Syria.

“And if the announcement of a Russian troop withdrawal materializes, this will increase the pressure on the al-Assad regime to finally and seriously negotiate a peaceful political transition in Geneva,” Steinmeier said in a statement, referring to peace talks in the Swiss city.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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