Russia’s military intervention in Syria will not save President Bashar al-Assad, French President Francois Hollande said Friday after an EU summit called for a political transition to a new leader.
“It is very clearly stated that Bashar cannot be the future. We must go as fast as possible to a political transition,” Hollande told a press conference after the summit in Brussels.
“Russia’s intervention from this point of view can bolster the regime but will not save Bashar,” he added.
Vice President Hisham Marwa said that the Syrian Coalition expects a strong response from the international community to stop the Russian aggression on Syria, stressing that the Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, continues to commit crimes against the Syrian people.
He adds that the Syrian Coalition still sees implementing the Geneva I Communiqué as the basis on which any political settlement in Syria must be built, noting that the decision not to participate in the four “working groups” is a message to the international community to salvage the peace process which the Russian invasion has undermined. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)