Bashar-al-Assad Makes Surprise Visit To Moscow242 views
MOSCOW: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Moscow on Tuesday evening to personally thank Russia’s Vladimir Putin for his military support, in a surprise visit that underlined how Russia has become a major player in the Middle East.
“We, it goes without saying, can not allow them to turn up on Russian territory after they have received battlefield experience and undergone ideological instruction.”
Putin said that positive developments on the military front in Syria would provide a basis for a long-term political solution, involving all political forces, ethnic and religious groups.
“We are ready to make our contribution not only in the course of military actions in the fight against terrorism, but during the political process,” Putin said, according to the transcript released by the Kremlin.
“This will, of course, be in close contact with other world powers and with countries of the region which are interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin said. –Reuters