Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Putin, Assad hail achievements in Syria

Syria's Assad Meets Putin in Russia, Says He Wants 'Political Process' As He Wins War Assad meets with Putin in Russia
Ellis Copeland | 18 May, 2018, 06:30

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Sochi on Thursday at the opening of the Sochi Summit, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Syrian presidential media office.

Putin said that at talks with the Syrian president, they had coordinated joint moves in fight against terrorism in Syria, "emphasizing major results the Syrian army has achieved to this respect, and came to the conclusion that a favorable situation exists at the present moment to bolster a political process".

"Of course, after this military success, additional conditions have been created to restart a full-format political process", he said at talks with Assad on Thursday.

Russian Federation has been one of Assad's most critical allies throughout the ongoing civil war in Syria. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Assad's government but also changed the course of the war.

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"The next task, of course, is the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Putin added.

It said Assad confirmed he will send a list of candidate names as soon as possible to the United Nations, for membership in a committee that would discuss the constitution. "But with you and other partners and friends, we will continue to make strong progress in the peace process", Assad was quoted as saying in the statement.

"And of course, the next task is economic recovery and humanitarian assistance to the people who found themselves in a hard situation", the Russian president said.

Putin noted at the Sochi meeting that Russian warships near Syria will be armed with the advanced Kalibr cruise missile, a supersonic weapon that can easily evade ship-based missile defense systems.

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