Syria’s Assad travels to Russia, meets with Putin

Russia is about to end its army operation found in Syria that tipped the scales found in the devastating war in favor of federal government forces, President Vladimir Putin said in surprise talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Putin hosted Assad in the Dark Sea resort of Sochi on Mon ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new circular of Syria peace talks in Geneva. The interacting with was unannounced and the Kremlin didn’t make it open public until Tuesday morning.

“I passed to (Putin) and all Russian people our greetings and gratitude for all the attempts that Russia designed to save our country,” Assad told Russia’s leading brass.

Assad has simply ventured outside his war-ravaged country twice because the conflict started out – both situations to Russia. This week’s visit to meet Putin is normally his second because the crisis started out in March 2011 leading to a civil war that has killed some 400,000 and led to millions of refugees.

The first was in October 2015, shortly after Russia launched its army campaign in Syria to shore up Assad’s forces. The Russian intervention offers turned the war in favor of Assad.

With the Syrian government controlling the majority of the united states and Islamic State fighter in disarray Putin told Assad at the Monday appointment that Moscow is about to curtail its army presence there.

“Regarding our joint procedure to fight terrorists found in Syria, this military procedure is indeed coming to a finish,” he told Assad found in televised remarks. “I’m pleased to see your willingness to work with everyone who would like peace and settlement.”

Footage and photos released by the Kremlin press office showed Putin offering Assad a warm embrace upon his arrival in Putin’s residence found in Sochi.

Russian tv showed footage of Putin and Assad entering a meeting with the top brass of Russia’s defense ministry and the General Staff.

“I asked the Syrian president to avoid by,” Putin told the Russian generals. He then described Assad and said: “I would like to present you to people who played an integral role in saving Syria.”

The appointment came two days after Syrian troops and their allies captured the eastern town of Boukamal, the last significant inhabited area held by the IS group in Syria. Syrian troops and their Iran-backed allies marched into the town under the go over of Russian airstrikes.

The meeting in Sochi comes ahead of a summit scheduled on Wednesday in Russia between your presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey.

Iran and Russia have already been Assad’s main backers even while Turkey works with the opposition.

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