Syria's Assad meets with Putin in Russian Federation

Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin

Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin

Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Syrian Bashar al-Assad held talks in Sochi yesterday, the Kremlin's Acting Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said upon completion of the meeting. As the summit looms, RT sums up the recent developments.

A day after United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned a regime assault on the rebel-held area of Idlib could affect 2.3 million people, Putin met Assad in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

"I'm glad to receive you in Russian Federation".

Mr Putin also congratulated Mr Assad on the "successes of the Syrian government's army in the fight against terrorist groups".

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have hailed achievements in what they called the fight against terrorists in Syria.

Bashar al-Assad has travelled to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin
Putin, Assad hail achievements in Syria

Putin and Assad stressed the need for a political solution to the conflict.

Assad accused unnamed countries of seeking instability in Syria, adding: "This meeting aims to draw a mutual vision for the upcoming stage of peace talks in Astana and Sochi".

Assad assured that the country returns to stability and it promotes the political process begun earlier. "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. "This will be done as soon as possible", Assad revealed.

However a Putin aide suggested during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Moscow visit that Putin was receptive to the Israeli leader's concerns over Iran's presence in Syria. This visit came a few days after Israeli strikes targeted Iranian sites in Syria's Damascus. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Assad's regime but also changed the course of the war.

This time, the Russian President (known for excellent German skills) and the German Chancellor (a fluent Russian speaker) are set to meet face-to-face in the resort city of Sochi.

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