Putin denounces ‘illegal foreign military presence’ in Syria as Assad makes shock go to to Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a gathering together with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, discussing bilateral relations, worldwide terrorism and the remaining obstacles to Syria’s full nationwide reconciliation. 

The joint efforts of Russia and Syria have dealt a crippling blow to terrorists, permitting Damascus to regain management over greater than 90% of its territory, Putin stated throughout his assembly with Assad – noting, nevertheless, that some obstacles stay earlier than a “full consolidation of power” and “return to normal life” are attainable.

“The main problem, in my opinion, is that foreign armed forces are present in certain areas of the country without any UN mandate, without your authorization, which clearly contradicts international law, and prevents you from taking maximum efforts to consolidate the country and move along the path of its restoration at a rate that would be possible if the entire territory was controlled by a legitimate government,” the Russian chief stated.

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Another downside is the remaining “hotbeds of resistance from terrorists who not only control part of the territory, but also continue to terrorize civilians,” Putin added. 

The Russian and the Syrian armies additionally not solely achieved spectacular ends in combating terrorism, but in addition “facilitated the return of refugees who were forced to leave their homes, to leave their homeland,” Assad stated.

“International terrorism knows no borders, and spreads like an infection throughout the world, thus our armies have made a huge contribution to protecting all mankind from this evil,” the Syrian president added.

The Russian chief congratulated Assad on his current re-election victory, seeing it as a transparent signal that the Syrian individuals “trust” him to steer the nation again to peaceable life. He voiced hopes that Assad would finally unite all political opponents below a nationwide reconciliation course of.

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