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Russia says Assad's prospects fading

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) takes part in an interview with CNN news channel in Davos January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) takes part in an interview with CNN news channel in Davos January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) takes part in an interview with CNN news channel in Davos January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Pool
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A man tries to extinguish a fire after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man tries to extinguish a fire after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man tries to extinguish a fire after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham holds tray of tea in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham holds tray of tea in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham holds tray of tea in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Abdullah

A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Abdullah

A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Abdullah
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade aims his rifle in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade aims his rifle in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade aims his rifle in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade pray on a street in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade pray on a street in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade pray on a street in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham takes a break in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham takes a break in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham takes a break in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade walk in a house in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade walk in a house in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade walk in a house in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade looks out of a window in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade looks out of a window in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade looks out of a window in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Men walk in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Men walk in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Men walk in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A man tries to extinguish a fire after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man tries to extinguish a fire after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man tries to extinguish a fire after a Syrian Air force air strike in Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade take a break in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade take a break in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade take a break in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade stand on a street in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade stand on a street in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade stand on a street in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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