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U.S. official: Russia risks being mired in Syria 'quagmire'

WASHINGTON — A senior State Department official sought to assure skeptical lawmakers that Russia is at risk of becoming mired in Syria if the civil war rages on, a prospect that gives the United States an upper hand as it pressures Moscow to end attacks in the besieged city of Aleppo. As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee demanded to know what "Plan B" in Syria is, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday described the conflict as a trap that Russia doesn't want to get caught in. "The leverage is the consequences for Russia of being stuck in a quagmire that is going to have a number of profoundly negative effects," Blinken said. Among them, he said, is that Russia will be seen throughout the world as complicit with Syrian President Bashar Assad as well as with Hezbollah and Iran "in the slaughter of Sunni Muslims," the country's largest religious...

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