Putin Puts Russian Warships On 'Permanent Standby' Near Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Syrian President Bashar Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Thursday

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Syrian President Bashar Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Thursday

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who held talks in Sochi on Thursday, discussed engagement of Russian companies in the rebuilding of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Support allies Russian Federation and Iran played a crucial role in the Syrian military reversing gains by rebels and jihadis, and Putin congratulated his Syrian counterpart on "the significant success of the Syrian government army in the fight against terrorist groups", which he should be followed by "a full-fledged political process".

A posting on the Syrian presidency's Facebook page said the two leaders consulted on various issues of mutual interest and the latest political and military developments in Syria.

Russian Federation has been a crucial ally of the Syrian regime throughout the Middle Eastern country's seven-year civil.

Putin shakes hands with Assad during their Thursday meeting
Putin shakes hands with Assad during their Thursday meeting

Mr Putin also congratulated Mr Assad on the "successes of the Syrian government's army in the fight against terrorist groups". The U.N. has hosted several rounds of peace talks in Geneva that have made no progress toward ending the conflict. "The cruise missile attacks and the effective work of the carrier aviation dealt a serious blow to the terrorists, destroying important infrastructure facilities", Putin said, according to a Kremlin transcript. Assad previously visited Russian Federation and met with Putin in November 2017 and October 2015.

Russia, Iran and Turkey have been attempting to resolve the conflict in the talks that started a year ago - in competition with a US- and UN-backed Geneva initiative.

"We know it will not be easy because some countries do not want stability to return to Syria".

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