Russia’s military intervention in Syria will not save President Bashar al-Assad, French President Francois Hollande said on 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.
Russia said on Thursday its warplanes had eased back on air strikes in Syria as regime forces pressed a widening ground offensive against rebels.