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UK's Johnson calls on Russia to persuade Assad to end Syrian conflict

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) - Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Russia to use its “unique ability” to stop the Syrian conflict by convincing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to put an end to five-years of fighting which have ravaged the country.

“Russia in particular has a unique ability to persuade the Assad regime to end the carnage and return to the negotiating table,” Johnson said at a news conference on Tuesday with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Johnson called the current Syrian situation “dire” and said the country faced a “terrible humanitarian catastrophe”. (Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison)

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