Russian President Vladimir Putin says he agrees with a U.S. proposal that suggests parts of opposition groups in Syria should be incorporated into the current government. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday (June 17) he agreed with U.S. proposals to incorporate parts of the opposition into the current Syrian government, saying President Bashar al-Assad accepted there was a need for a political process. The comments advance Russia's position on Syria and follow a statement by U.N. Envoy Staffan de Mistura, who warned earlier this month there would not be another round of peace talks until officials on all sides agreed on the parameters for a political transition deal ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline. "This an American proposal, I think it is absolutely acceptable. We must think about the possibilities of incorporating representatives of the opposition into the active ruling structure," Putin told the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. "For example into the government. We must think about what powers this government will have." Putin said it was inevitable Syria would collapse if things continued as they were, saying that would be the worst-case scenario