Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was in Russia on Monday for a gathering along with his ally President Vladimir Putin.
Assad thanked Russia for its efforts to “combat terrorism” in Syria, touting the “great achievements” of the Syrian and Russian militaries for the reason that Russian navy intervention in 2015. He additionally decried the “siege on the Syrian people,” which could possibly be a reference to US sanctions on the nation. Assad additionally praised Russia’s protection of Syria’s sovereignty and talked about the Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan.
“There are obstacles because there are countries that support terrorists and have no interest in the continuation of this process in the direction that would achieve stability in Syria,” mentioned Assad, in response to the official SANA information outlet.
The assembly was reported Tuesday by Syrian and Russian state media.
Russia intervened in Syria to assist Assad’s authorities in struggle towards insurgent teams within the civil struggle. Russian air assist specifically helped flip the tide of the struggle in Assad’s favor, and his authorities now controls many of the nation. Rebel teams are confined to the areas within the north managed by Turkish-backed teams; territory held by the previous al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham within the northwest Idlib province; and elements of the south.
For his half, Putin mentioned Russia’s donations of COVID-19 vaccines to Syria, however didn’t point out any additional deliveries. Putin likewise criticized the presence of overseas forces in Syria, which is a potential reference to US forces within the northeast, or Turkish forces within the north. The two additionally talked about Afghanistan, in response to Russia’s official TASS information company. The TASS report didn’t specify what was mentioned on Afghanistan, which is beneath management of the Taliban following the US navy withdrawal.
Putin went into self-isolation Tuesday after a member of his employees examined optimistic for COVID-19, although he himself examined damaging for the virus. A Kremlin spokesman mentioned Tuesday that the Assad assembly happened Monday morning earlier than the quarantine order, and that “no one’s health was in danger.”
Russia stays lively in Syrian affairs. Late final month, Moscow negotiated a cease-fire settlement between insurgent and authorities forces within the southern metropolis of Daraa.