This is where the key players stand on Syrian President Bashar al - Assad; with only Russia and Iran stating " Syrian people should decide their own fate ".US:Assad must go, but does not need to happen before a political transition process get under waySaudi Arabia:Assad must go " within a specific timeframe " and before any elections for a new governmentTurkey:Assad must go, though could remain for a " symbolic " six monthsSNC(main Western - and Persian Gulf Arab - backed anti - Assad opposition):Assad must go, cannot be part of any political processRussia:Assad should not be forced to go, Syrians should hold elections to decide who rules themIran: Assad should not step down, Syrians should decide their own political future