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Putin, Assad Meet In Sochi, Discuss Syrian Peace Talks

Putin, Assad Meet In Sochi, Discuss Syrian Peace Talks

"On the 20th of November talks took place between the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the president of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, who was in Russia on a working visit", the statement said.

Putin also said he would follow up his meeting with Assad with telephone calls to U.S. President Donald Trump, and to Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Qatar.

Putin also introduced Assad to the senior officials of the Russian Defense Ministry and the General Staff, who are now in Sochi for a series of meetings on defense issues.

"The military operation is really coming to an end", Putin said.

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Assad thanked Putin for Russia's help in fighting terrorism and maintaining Syria's territorial integrity, according to the transcript.

"Over this period great achievements were recorded both in the battlefield, as well as on the political level. It must be admitted that this operation allowed us to advance the political settlement in Syria".

As the sides prepare for what will be the eighth round of United Nations -sponsored peace talks in Geneva later this month, one thing is clear and that is that President Bashar Assad has survived the war. The Kremlin's intervention on the side of Bashar Assad is widely seen as having turned the tide of the war in favor of his regime. We had an agreement to hold additional consultations with you during a personal meeting.


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