Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Syrian President holds meeting with Russian President

Bashar al Assad shakes hands with Vladimir Putin during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi Bashar al Assad shakes hands with Vladimir Putin during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi
Sammy Stanley | 18 May, 2018, 06:58

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 Wednesday that the threat of "terrorist attacks" in Syria persists and that Russian warships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles will remain stationed in the Mediterranean.

The government has made it clear that it is also standing by Russia on the latest standoff with western countries over the Salisbury case of chemical poisoning of two Russians in United Kingdom, as well as alleged Russian support to the Assad regime for chemical attacks in Syria.

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Assad said the areas controlled by terrorists have substantially diminished. "Owing to efforts taken by your military over the recent time, major moves have been made towards the further strengthening of the constituted authority", the Russian leader told his Syrian counterpart.

The Syrian government has been accused of war crimes including using chemical weapons against its own people. "I have always said, and now I repeat once again, that we always enthusiastically support the political process, which should go hand in hand with the fight against terrorism", Assad said.

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