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Syria's top opposition leader says after talks in Moscow that "Russia isn't clinging to Assad"

  • Syrian National Coalition President Khaled Khoja attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Speaking a day after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Khoja said Friday that "the Russian leadership isn’t clinging to Bashar Assad" and is focusing on the need to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and prevent it from collapsing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Syrian National Coalition President Khaled Khoja attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Speaking a day after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Khoja said Friday that "the Russian leadership isn’t clinging to Bashar Assad" and is focusing on the need to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and prevent it from collapsing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian National Coalition President Khaled Khoja attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Speaking a day after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Khoja said Friday that "the Russian leadership isn’t clinging to Bashar Assad" and is focusing on the need to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and prevent it from collapsing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Syrian National Coalition President Khaled Khoja attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Speaking a day after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Khoja said Friday that "the Russian leadership isn’t clinging to Bashar Assad" and is focusing on the need to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and prevent it from collapsing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Syrian National Coalition president Khaled Khoja, foreground, meet in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Russia's foreign minister on Thursday hosted a delegation of the main Syrian opposition group, part of the Kremlin's new push for a mediation role in the Syrian conflict. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Syrian National Coalition president Khaled Khoja, foreground, meet in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Russia's foreign minister on Thursday hosted a delegation of the main Syrian opposition group, part of the Kremlin's new push for a mediation role in the Syrian conflict. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of the main Syrian opposition group says after talks in Moscow that Russia isn't committed keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.

Speaking a day after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Syrian National Coalition president Khaled Khoja said Friday that "the Russian leadership isn't clinging to Bashar Assad" and is focusing on the need to preserve Syria's territorial integrity and prevent its collapse.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Khoja's statement signaled a shift in Russia's stance, or merely reflected Moscow's attempt to rally support for its new push to help mediate the Syrian conflict.

Lavrov's meeting with his Saudi counterpart earlier this week highlighted continuing sharp differences about Assad's fate. Moscow has been a key backer of Assad throughout the conflict lasting more than four years.