Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad at a meeting in Sochi discussed further steps to ensure the peace process in Syria. The Russian leader stressed that after the victory over terrorists it is important to tackle the economic and humanitarian reconstruction of the republic. In turn, Bashar Assad announced his intention to send his delegates to form the Constitutional Committee.
Five months have passed since their last meeting. And exactly on the sixth month, Putin welcomed Assad on the same porch of his Sochi residence. During this time, the situation in Syria has become at the root of another – the hotbeds of resistance of terrorists are less and less. Putin congratulates the Syrian president on the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And with the serious success of the Syrian army.
“Thanks to the efforts made by your servicemen in recent years, very important steps have been taken to further strengthen the legitimate authority.” The terrorists laid down their arms at key points in Syria, which allowed restoring Syria’s infrastructure, pushing them back, practically stopping their operation near the Syrian capital. Now, after these military successes, undoubtedly, additional conditions have been created for the resumption of a full-fledged political process,” – the Russian president said.
In response, Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated Putin on the start of a new presidential term. “I believe that this success in the elections is proof of the correctness of your policy both inside the country and in the international arena,” he said. “The Russian people see that your actions are becoming stronger in the international arena due to your actions.”
“Over the past weeks, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been able to return to their homes, stability is improving, and all this opens the door to the political process.” We know that this will not be easy, as there are countries that do not want stability to return to Syria. We together with you and other partners will continue to firmly move forward in the matter of the peace process,” – Assad said.
Start a full-fledged political dialogue in Astana. The other day, the ninth round of talks was over. And one of the main achievements of the Astana site is the creation of de-escalation zones. Sit the irreconcilable opponents, including those representatives of the Syrian opposition that did not stain themselves with blood, for a round table, was also possible at the Congress of the Syrian people in Sochi. And now the Syrian authorities are again talking about their readiness to carry out constitutional reform.
“The Syrian president decided to send his part of the delegation to form a constitutional committee that should work on the basic law of Syria, Russia welcomes this decision of the Syrian president and will support it in every possible way,” Putin said in response.
Assad, in turn, noted that his country expects to begin appropriate work with the UN. “I confirmed to President Putin that Syria will send its list of delegates to the Constitutional Committee to discuss amendments to the current Constitution, which will be done as soon as possible,” he said.
The Russian military organizes special corridors so that terrorists can withdraw by laying down their arms. In the liberated territories, the local population recovers the factories and factories destroyed by militants.
“Along with the activation of the political process, we consider it very important to take the necessary steps to restore the economy of Syria, as well as the long overdue complex but necessary for solving humanitarian issues.” We count on the support of the United Nations and all countries that are interested in solving the Syrian crisis, said Putin.
According to Assad, at all stages of the Syrian crisis, Russia has always provided humanitarian assistance to Syrian citizens who fled their homes as a result of terrorist actions. “As for economic cooperation, we noted the growth of Russian investment in recent years in various spheres of the economy of Syria,” added the president of Syria.
Until full recovery, of course, it is far away. And the main thing now is to dislodge the remaining terrorists. They, according to intelligence, are preparing new provocations, including using chemical weapons. Moreover, some militia groups feel free in precisely those areas controlled by the US-led coalition.
“We presume that due to the significant victories and success of the Syrian army in the fight against terrorism, from the beginning of the more active part, from the beginning of the political process in its more active phase, foreign armed forces will be withdrawn from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,” said Putin. As a result of the meeting, the leaders will say that they agreed on many things. And Assad will thank Putin again. And, in Russian.
It is clear that much has been left behind in these negotiations. But it was clearly visible: both Putin and Assad are interested in the soonest peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis.
The leaders have already held meetings in the summer residence of the Russian president. Assad was in Sochi almost six months ago. The meeting was held on November 20, but it became known only in a day. Then Putin introduced Assad to the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff. The president of the Russian Federation at the entrance of the meeting in November that the fight against terrorism in Syria is nearing completion, but the hotbeds of terrorism will still emerge.
Also, the leaders of the two countries at the past at the airport in Syria, which will be held in Sochi.
Almost at the same time, Israel stated that it would not allow incidents involving Russian military forces when striking at facilities in Syria. The ambassador of the Jewish state in Russia Harry Koren said this in an interview with Interfax.
“We have repeatedly said that our only goal in Syria is an Iranian presence,” the diplomat said. According to him, Israel will make every effort not to implement a scenario in which “a blow would not be struck for a given goal.”
Koren added that this is one of the goals of the existing channels of communication between the Israeli and Russian military. The ambassador also indicated that, if necessary, the Jewish state would be more intensively in contact with Moscow.
The Israeli military attacked military facilities of Iranian forces on Syrian territory on the night of May 10. According to Israel, this was a response to the firing of its positions on the Golan Heights from rocket launcher systems. It was reported that as a result of the attacks, 27 people were killed, including 11 Iranian citizens.
VKS Russia participate in striking at terrorist groups in Syria since September 30, 2015 at the request of Damascus. After the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 11, 2017, most of the grouping of troops from Syria was withdrawn.