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Antony Blinken, the US deputy secretary of state who spoke Saturday at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, said the US government believes it's only a matter of time before Moscow realizes that its military intervention and its ardent support for Assad's continued rule are mistakes, after which the Russian government could support a political process that includes replacing Assad.
There was no guarantee that either Assad or the vast array of rebel groups fighting against him would join the push for peace.
RIA said Assad held the meeting with Russian lawmakers at his residence in Damascus on Sunday morning.
The surprise visit was only revealed after Assad landed back in Syrian capital Damascus yesterday.
According to many observers, especially those in Turkey that strongly oppose the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey's Syria policy has been a failure from the start because of its explicit goal of removing Assad from power as soon as possible.
More recent Alawite dissent arose after Assad authorities on Aug.
If anything, their acceptance to run against Assad was just a window dressing to give the impression of free and fair elections.
Assad is likely to be the least costly compromise for Iran on both fronts.
He is the seventh person to put himself forward for Syria's first multi-candidate presidential vote in decades, but none of his rivals are expected to mount a serious challenge and end 44 years of Assad family rule.
In a joint statement, the 11 core members of so-called Friends of Syria urged Assad instead to embrace a plan outlined in Geneva talks that includes a transitional government as a way out of the three-year war.
Assad is acting with new assurance after Russia has taken over the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, dismissing US objections and signalling growing assertiveness against the West.
What's more, the endgame of this conference remains unclear, although Ford also is said to have informed the opposition that the US cannot offer guarantees that the talks would lead to Assad leaving office.