Assad tells Putin Russian investment in Syria growing

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets President of Syria Bashar Al Assad in Sochi Russia on 17 May 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets President of Syria Bashar Al Assad in Sochi Russia on 17 May 2018

Russian Federation welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's decision to send a delegation to the United Nations to set up the constitutional committee, President Vladimir Putin said at talks with the Syrian leader on Thursday.

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".

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Assad informed Putin of his decision to "send a delegation to the U.N." to discuss reforming the country's constitution. His first trip was reportedly to Moscow in October 2015, a month after Russian Federation staged a military intervention in Syria at his request.

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"The next task, of course, the economic recovery and humanitarian aid for those people in a hard situation", Mr Putin added.

According to the report, Putin congratulated Assad on the "big achievement" recorded by the Syrian army in the war against terrorism. Its military support not only ensured the survival of Assad's government but also changed the course of the war.

Putin noted at the Sochi meeting that Russian warships near Syria will be armed with the advanced Kalibr cruise missile, a supersonic weapon that can easily evade ship-based missile defense systems.

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The latest round of Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana wrapped up on Tuesday, but did not make any concrete progress towards ending the seven-year conflict that has cost 350,000 lives.

"Stability is improving, and all this opens the door to the political process that we started some time ago".

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