Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said he is not ready to give up power and the issue is not up for discussion at the Geneva peace talks next week, Interfax reports.
He reportedly told Russian parliamentarians: "If we wanted to give up, we would have done so at the very beginning. We are on guard for our country. This issue is not up for discussion."
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