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Reuters misquotes Cameron on Putin and Syria

What David Cameron said (quote begins at 02:37):

Now of course there remain differences over sequencing the exact shape of how the transition takes place, but it is welcome that President Putin has been explicit: he is not locked into Assad remaining in charge in Syria.

What Reuters claimed he said:

There remain differences over sequencing and the shape of how the transition takes place but it is welcome that President Putin has been explicit that he does not want Assad remaining in charge in Syria

For the past year, Russia has repeatedly stated with absolute clarity that it is willing to see Assad leave power in Syria, but that is a decision for Syrians alone to make through negotiations and no foreign government has the right to impose regime change. Every time Putin, Medvedev and Lavrov have said this, journalists have claimed that Russia’s position has changed. Do these people have learning difficulties?

To quote Blake Hounshell:

I’m old enough to remember the previous 10 times people have reported that Putin is ready to dump Assad.

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