Vladimir Putin criticises foreign forces deployed in Syria during meeting with Bashar al-Assad

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The US News reported, citing Reuters that Russian President Vladimir Putin told Bashar al-Assad, on Monday, Foreign forces being deployed in Syria without a decision by the United Nations are a hindrance to its consolidation.

The Kremlin said the comments came during a meeting of the two men in the Russian capital, after Putin congratulated Assad on his win in Syria’s presidential election.

Putin said, according to a Kremlin statement: “Terrorists had sustained a very serious damage, and Syrian government, headed by you, controls 90% of the territories.”

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It should be noted that Russian support has helped Assad win back nearly all the territory lost to rebels who tried to overthrow him during the civil war that began in 2011.

Assad, whose last meeting in Moscow with Putin was in 2015, thanked the Russian leader for humanitarian aid to Syria and for his efforts to halt the “spread the terrorism”.

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He lauded what he called a success of Russian and Syrian armies in “liberating occupied territories” of Syria. He also described as “antihuman” and “illegitimate” the sanctions some nations imposed on Syria.

Source: usnews