‘There’s one man on this planet who can end the civil war in Syria with a phone call’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the “one man on this planet” who can end the Syrian civil war, according to the Foreign Secretary.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Philip Hammond said: “Whether or not Assad goes or stays ultimately will depend on whether the Russians are prepared to use their influence to remove him.

He added: “There’s one man on this planet who can end the civil war in Syria by making a phone call, and that’s Mr Putin.”

He went on to say there were around 150,000 moderate opposition forces in Syria, which are now suffering attrition from Russian air strikes.

-more  at The Independent

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