Putin in Damascus, held talks with Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, January 7, paid a visit to Damascus.

As the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, straight from the airport, Putin went to the command post of Russian forces in Syria. There he met the President of the Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad. The leaders of the two countries together, heard reports from the military about the situation in different Syrian regions.

After that passed negotiations of the Russian and Syrian delegations. During the meeting, Putin announced a huge distance towards the restoration of Syrian statehood and territorial integrity. He also noted that the streets of Damascus, which he passed on the way from the airport, “the naked eye” can see signs of restoration of peaceful life.

Assad, in turn, thanked Putin for coming. “The Syrian President thanked Russia and the Russian military for help in combating terrorism and restoring peace in Syria,” — quoted Peskov “Interfax”. Assad also congratulated Putin and the Russian people a merry Christmas.

the program of the visit of the Russian President in Syria, planned to visit several objects, which is not specified.

on Wednesday, January 8, Putin will take part in the launching ceremony of the pipeline “Turkish stream”, which will be held in Istanbul. The Russian leader will also hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which will discuss the escalated conflict in the middle East, including the situation in Syria and Libya.